Girls aged between five and 16 years, from various schools across London were invited to test their skills in a range of activities combining football, fun and music. The festivals are a joint initiative by The FA and Continental Tyres, providing an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.
Accredited FA coaches led the event, with London County FA staff and volunteers on hand to help. The sessions included skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and the ContiWarmUp Programme - the coaching programme endorsed by The FA.
The festival also offered a range of innovative equipment, including a speed cage, target shoot, quick feet and batak boards, plus Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s leading professional football freestylers, who throughout the day, demonstrated her amazing tricks and skills.
Marzena Bogdanowicz, The FA’s Head of Commercial and Marketing for Women’s Football said: “In a busy summer for women’s football, The FA – with our Gameplan for Growth - remain committed to doubling girls’ football participation by 2020. The FA Girls’ Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres is a perfect opportunity to inspire girls throughout London to get involved in the game.”
Girls had the opportunity to speak to Leighanne Robe, FA WSL star who plays for Millwall Lionesses. Leighanne was on hand to discuss life as a semi-professional female footballer and give advice on how to get involved in the game, finishing the festival with an inspirational question and answer session.
Festival sponsors Continental Tyres believe in the importance of grass root football, with UK Marketing Director, Guy Frobisher saying: “The FA Girls Football Festivals with Continental Tyres grows year on year, giving tens of thousands of young girls the chance to get involved with the sport. At Continental Tyres we are extremely proud that 2017 is our 7th year partnering with The FA and undoubtedly is set to be the biggest and best so far”.
For more information on women’s football and where to play, visit www.TheFA.com/womens.