The FA Girls’ Football Festival brought together schools from across the county and was organised through the support of the Derbyshire County FA. Girls aged between five and 16 years from various schools in the county were invited to test their skills in a range of activities combining football, fun and music.
Pete Collins, Football Development Officer at Derbyshire County FA said “The FA Continental Girls' Football festival has been fantastic for the County. To see over 270 primary school girls engaged and enjoying football is a pleasure to observe. We have had girls from across the county attend and hopefully we will be able to keep them all participating in the game both within school and in their local community. Events like this are key to helping The FA in doubling the participation figures for girls and women by 2020."
"A massive thank you to The FA, Continental Tyres and all the staff and volunteers who helped deliver an amazing day of girls’ football in Derbyshire.”
FA approved coaches led the event, with a number of FA staff and volunteers also there to help out on the day. Sessions from The FA Skills team included drills, interactive games and mini matches.
In addition to the range of activities, Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s leading professional football freestylers, was on hand throughout the day demonstrating her amazing tricks.
Caroline Hulme, National Women’s Football Project Manager at The FA commented “It is fantastic to see so many young girls enjoying playing football here today in Derbyshire, some of whom it is their first experience of the game and may even be the very first time they have kicked a ball. Thank you to the Derbyshire County FA for all the hard work they have put in leading up to the event to ensure girls in the County have the opportunity to play.”
“As a result of today, we hope to see these girls continuing to play football in the future. A huge thank you must go to our sponsor Continental Tyres who have given over 6,500 girls the opportunity to try out football this year, helping us support The FA’s aim to double female participation by 2020.”
For more information on women’s football and where to play visit www.TheFA.com/ForGirls