After a number of successful events this year, the FA are delighted to announce that Staffordshire County FA is next in line to host the FA Girls’ Football Festival. Over 300 girls from across Staffordshire are expected to arrive at Northwood Stadium on Wednesday 20th September to take part in the festival.
Combining football, lifestyle and music, the event will have a whole range of activities, including batak boards, 5-a-side games, a refereeing workshop as well as hair braiding and face painting to add to the festival atmosphere.
The free programme is a joint initiative between The FA and Continental Tyres, providing girls aged 5 to 16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.
Participants will have the chance to meet and play with some of the stars of The FA WSL. In addition, Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s leading professional football freestylers, will be demonstrating her amazing array of tricks and skills.
The FA Girls’ Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres has gone from strength to strength, with 2016 attracting over 8,000 girls across the 17 events. Now a much-anticipated fixture in the annual calendar for the Women’s and Girls’ game, the 2017 Festivals will once again visit over 15 locations around the country between June and November.
Festival sponsors Continental Tyres believe in the importance of grass root football, with UK Marketing Director, Tracey Mortimer 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.”
Marzena Bogdanowicz, The FA’s Head of Commercial and Marketing for Women’s Football said: “It has been a busy summer for women’s football and 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 Staffordshire to get involved in the game.”
For more information on women’s football and where to play visit www.TheFA.com/ForGirls