Girls football festival in E17

Anonymous 30 September 2016

0n 27th September Peter May Sports Centre's new 3G pitch was a hive of activity when it hosted a girls football festival organised by the FA and delivered by Essex FA. There were 18 teams from local primary schools and 16 teams from secondary schools taking part in skills and drills, games and mini-matches.

Caroline Hulme, National Women’s Football Project Officer at The FA, commented: “It is fantastic to see so many young girls enjoying playing football here today. For some it’s their first experience of football and may even be the very first time they have kicked a ball.”

The festival also offered a range of innovative equipment, including an inflatable pitch, speed cage, target shoot, quick feet and batak boards. Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s leading professional football freestylers, also demonstrated her amazing tricks and skills.

Girls chatted and enjoyed a kickabout with Evie Clarke and Merrick Will, stars of the FA Women’s Super League, who both play for London Bees. The two ladies discussed life as semi-professional female footballers and gave advice on how to get involved in the game.

In addition, Emma Byrne, Arsenal Ladies goalkeeper, made a very special surprise visit to the festival for a question and answer session with the girls in the afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur Ladies First Team Coach Karen Hills, Captain Jenna Schillaci, Lucia Leon and Ronnell Humes also dropped by to inspire the youngsters.