20 September 2012
Wednesday 19 September saw The FA Girls Football Festival supported by Continental Tyres, Sport England and UEFA come to Bankss Stadium, Walsall, ahead of England Womens Crucial Euro Qualifier against Croatia
More than 200 girls aged seven upwards from schools and clubs from across the region and girls just dropping in and playing for the first time, took part in the free programme led by FA coaches and aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in the game. They were accompanied by FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) players Kerys Harrop, Rachel Unitt and Emily Westwood from Birmingham Ladies FC.
Activities included interactive games and competitions, the ContiWarmUp programme, skills and drills, prizes and goodies, hair braiders, face painters, and digital stations to entertain the girls during breaks from playing. Participants also had the chance to pose with the FA WSL trophy.
Kerys Harrop, Rachel Unitt and Emily Westwood interacted with the kids and a Q & A was held to give the girls an insight into the life of a semi-professional female footballer. They signed autographs and had her photo taken with participants.
The initiative has already visited 20 venues throughout England in 2012 providing hundreds of girls aged 5 – 17 with an exciting, interactive football experience.
The next Festival is on Sunday 23 September at Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, from 11am-2pm. The Festival will be attended by Sophie Bradley and Jess Clarke, Team GB, England and FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) players from Lincoln Ladies.
For more information please visit: www.TheFA.com/girlsfootball