Thursday 9th November saw the 13th and final Girls' Football Festival of the year take place in St Ives.
Delivered in partnership by Cambridgeshire FA and Huntingdonshire FA alongside our National FA colleagues and event sponsors Continental the Festival engaged over 300 primary and secondary school girls, many of which were playing football for the very first time.
The Festival which fell nicely within Girls' Football Week and contributing to the over 40,000 girls taking part nationally in the beautiful game.
The format of the day allowed half the girls playing matches with the remainder taking part in all the fun activities that were on offer. The activities consisted of a football freestyle workshop with professional freestyler Charlotte Lade, FA skills team coaching sessions and goalkeeper’s workshop, referee’s workshop, technical power shot and accuracy challenges, hair braiding and face painting. At half time the girls swapped ends and the fun continued all with the latest chart topping tunes being pumped over the speakers.
As the Festival drew to a close, there was only one way to wrap it up- the biggest football mascot ‘dance-off’ in Girls Football Festival history involving Cambridge United’s Marvin the Moose, Peterborough United’s Peter Burrows and friends!
Feedback from the schools involved was excellent with Bar Hill primary school quoting “It was absolutely incredible and our girls had a blast, they were literally bouncing off the walls with what they were privileged to experience this morning at St Ives. Hopefully we will have some girls that are inspired to continue with their football or start playing on a regular basis for the first time”.
As the girls left with smiles on their faces and goodie bags in their hands, it was the perfect chance to reflect on just how far women’s and girls' football has come over recent months, and we look forward to doing it all again next year!
If your daughter would like to get into football why not join a Wildcats’ Football Centre? For more information on your nearest centre please contact Ashley.Dean@CambridgeshireFA.com