The festival brought together schools from across the county and was organised through the support of the Berks & Bucks County FA. Girls aged between five and 16 years from various schools were invited to test their skills in a range of activities combining football, fun and music.
Nathan Simpson, Football and Development officer at Berks and Bucks County FA said; “Having the FA Girls Football Festival come to Slough is fantastic for the area. It is an area where sport thrives but mainly within the confines of school. Being able to bring the girls to a neutral venue, outside of school is a real treat and hopefully one that they will remember and associate with a positive footballing experience.
Positivity is key to making sure that these girls enjoy football and want to stay in the game. Hopefully, todays festival will give the girls the confidence to want to continue to play and possibly move on to local girls and mixed football.”
FA approved coaches led the event, with a number of FA staff and volunteers also there to help. Sessions from the FA Skills team included drills, interactive games, mini matches and the ContiWarmUp Programme - the coaching programme from Continental Tyres endorsed by The FA.
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 continues to grow year on year, giving tens of thousands of young girls from around the country the chance to get involved in 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. Who knows, perhaps in a few years’ time we may see a number of our festival attendees playing for their country!”
Girls also enjoyed a kick-about with Remi Allen and Grace Moloney, stars of the FA WSL, who both play for Reading Women. The two ladies were 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 inspiring question and answer session.
For more information on women’s football and where to play please visit www.TheFA.com/ForGirls