July 13, 2015
Following a number of fantastic events already completed in 2015, the FA Girls’ Football Festival programme will be heading to Cumberland on July 15. Following an incredible performance from the England Lionesses in Canada earlier this month, the young attendees are sure to have plenty to aspire to.
The festivals are a joint initiative by The FA and Continental Tyres, providing girls aged five to 16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players. Of those that attended events in 2014, 85% said they were very, or quite likely, to start playing football.
These events are a perfect example of The FA’s commitment to getting girls into football as part of their ‘We Can Play’ campaign. The campaign has a focus on getting young girls into football and breaking away from the existing stereotypes. The FA Girls’ Football Festivals are open to young girls from primary schools within Cumberland and this particular event has been organised with the support of the Cumberland FA and Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, the host venue.
Young players attending will have the chance to meet Stephanie Roche, Hayley Sharp, Brooke Chaplen and Abbey Joice from Sunderland AFC Ladies, and Beth Hepple and Lauren Jordinson from Durham Women FC at the festival. Not only this, Referee Ambassador Lucy May will be visiting, joined by Charlotte Lade-Rogers, one of the world’s leading professional football freestylers, who will be demonstrating her amazing football tricks and skills before showing the girls how to do the same.
To add to the festival atmosphere, there will be giveaways, hair braiding, face painting and The FA WSL mascot Berry the Bear will be competing in a mascot dance off.
Kelly Simmons, Director of the National Game and Women’s Football, said: “Growing female participation in football is one of our biggest aims and the festivals give girls the opportunity to try out football in a fun and engaging environment.
“That so many of last year’s participants said they’d like to continue playing football after trying it at the festivals shows how effective programmes like these can be and why it’s important that we take the festivals around the country.
“We’d like to thank Continental Tyres for their continued support for the festivals and women’s football and we’re anticipating another successful year in 2015.”
Guy Frobisher, Marketing Director at Continental Tyres, added: “The FA Girls Football Festivals with Continental Tyres continues to grow year on year, giving tens of thousands of young girls from around the country the chance to get involved with the sport. At Continental Tyres we are extremely proud that 2015 is our 5th year partnering with the FA and undoubtedly is set to be the biggest and best so far. Who knows, perhaps in a few years’ time we may see a number of our festival attendees playing for their country!”