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 Women's Football News 3 Jul 2012
On Sunday 24 June, almost 800 girls took part in football taster sessions delivered by local grassroots football coaches as part of the North Cumbria Girl Guiding event. 
Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides from across Cumberland took part in various activities throughout the day with 90% of the girls getting the chance to try football, the largest female sport in the country. Other activities included rugby, dancing, 'It's a Knockout' and crafts.
Cumberland FA worked in partnership with the organisers to offer football as an activity with local FA Charter Standard Club coaches and young leaders kindly volunteering for the day. Almost 20 local coaches and young leaders kindly agreed to give up their time and ran sessions throughout the day to girls from the age of 5 to 14. A preparation session was delivered to the keen coaches in the build up to the event.
The opening ceremony was made extra special when the 'Olympic Torch' was paraded to the girls as well as an inspirational talk from one of the special guests from Liverpool Women's FC. The Liverpool FC players who play in the FA Women's Super League spent some time with the groups, even joining in with the activities.
The weather did not put a dampener on proceedings, with coaches changing their sessions to suit the surroundings. The morning was spent finding alternative areas to deliver the sessions as the fields were turned into swimming pools by the rain in the build up to the event at Richard Rose Morton Academy.
The event was an opportunity for coaches to showcase their Charter Standard Club and support the recruitment of new players into the girl's game in the county. All girls taking part throughout the day were given information on the clubs who provided the coaching sessions as well as details on how to find a local club.
Cumberland FA would like to thank the clubs who supported the event including Crown Newlaithes FC, Harraby Catholic Club FC, Northbank, Brampton YFC, Penrith AFC and Castletown JFC.
Helen Aitchison, Girls and Women's Football Development Officer, said: "Without the support of the local clubs we would not have been able to get involved in this event. It is due to these dedicated individuals that girls football will continue to develop in the county, giving up more of their valuable time to encourage more girls to get their boots on."
Plans are now in place to link local 'Units' to FA Charter Standard Clubs to support taster sessions throughout the year. 
(Source: www.cumberlandfa.com)

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