Following on from the success of the Woman’s World Cup Football in Canada we were very pleased to be host to a County Tournament to promote girls football. The Cumberland FA were successful in bringing this event to Cumbria and choose the Sheepmount Stadium as it’s venue.
30 female primary school football teams attended the day taking in mini 5v5 football matches, goal keeper sessions, referee and freestyle workshops as well as testing their skills on the target shoot, speed cage and batax boards.
Young players had the chance to meet Stephanie Roche, Brooke Chaplen and Abbey Joice from Sunderland AFC Ladies, and Beth Hepple and Lauren Jordinson from Durham Women FC. As well as meeting professional players, the girls were also given the opportunity to see other female role models in the game; including profession freestyler Charlotte Lade and FA Referee Ambassador Lucy Oliver.
Jess Nelson, Football Development Officer said: ‘The festival couldn’t have come at a better time for us, off the back of the Lionesses success in the World Cup, it was a fantastic atmosphere and the event was a huge success.’
‘The 270 girls that we met over the day all took away goodie bags stacked with information on local girls football clubs, sessions and handy tips to get involved. We hope those who attended buy into the idea of girls football and know it’s just a place for girls as it is for boys.’
Head Teacher Valarie Bairstow from Kirkbride Primary School said: ‘Our girls had an absolutely fabulous time. Thank you Cumberland FA for organising it – it was indeed very well organised. I hope that we can do it again next year!’
Football Coach Graeme Thompson said: ‘It was a brilliant day, I thoroughly enjoyed working on such a fantastic event.’