Ladies host football festival at Meadow Park

More than 200 girls aged seven upwards took part in the FA's free Girls’ Football Festival at Meadow Park on Tuesday.

Led by FA coaches and aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in the game, the day was accompanied by visits from several Arsenal Ladies stars including Faye White, Ellen White, Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott.

The stars of the league made an appearance ahead of the launch of the second WSL season on Sunday when Arsenal take on Everton Ladies in their first home match of the campaign (kick-off 1.30pm).

Activities included interactive games and competitions, the ContiWarmUp programme, skills and drills, prizes and goodies for all and digital stations to entertain the girls during breaks from playing.
Participants also had the chance to pose with the FA WSL Continental Cup 2011 trophy and the WSL trophy.

Arsenal Ladies interacted with the kids and a Q&A was held to give the girls an insight into the life of a professional female footballer. They signed autographs, had their photos taken with participants and offered free tickets for both Sunday’s curtain raiser and their Champions League semi-final against Frankfurt at Boreham Wood FC (kick-off 3pm) a week later.

“It is nice to see so many young girls participating to a festival just for them," said defender Faye White. "It is very positive to see girls taking part in football for the first time and to play so well at such a young age. I can’t wait for the big kick off of the WSL on Sunday and we are very pleased to invite all these girls to come and see us.”

Tim Bailey, Communications Manager at Continental Tyres said “It is great to be able to bring The FA Girls’ Football Festival to Boreham Wood FC. We hope that today will have provided a taster to the game.”

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1 Apr 2012