Organised through the support of Lincolnshire County FA, the festival combined football, lifestyle and music to provide an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players. Activities were led by FA approved coaches and included skills and drills, interactive games and 5-a-side matches. In addition, Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s leading female Football Freestylers gave everyone a taste of her unbelievable skills, before holding her popular freestyle workshops throughout the day.
Carla Ward, and teammate Claire Wallhead were on hand throughout the day, participating in a number of the activities and offering coaching tips along the way. The Sheffield FC Ladies stars chatted to young participants about life as a professional footballer and gave advice on how to get into the game.
Speaking about the importance of the festivals, Claire Wallhead said, “Events like this are incredible. There are so many girls here today and I spoke to a number who have never played football before. If we can all play our part and inspire them to get involved in the game or keep playing, then that is fantastic.”
Since their initiation the FA Girls’ Football Festivals have reached more than 11,000 girls across the country, with 85% of them saying they would start or continue to play football after taking part.
Caroline Hulme, National Women’s Football Project Officer Said: “It is fantastic to see so many young girls enjoying playing football here today. It it is the first football experience for many of them and may even be the very first time they have kicked a ball. Huge thanks must go to Adam Thurston and his team from Lincolnshire County FA for all the hard work they have put in leading up to the event. We hope to see the girls who came along today continuing to play football in the future, supporting our aim to double female participation!”