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Tuesday sees the FA Girls' Football Festival come to the Us Girls Rocks Festival at Middlesbrough FC in the Community, Herlingshaw Centre, Southbank, Middlesbrough, from 11am-3pm.
The Festival will be attended by Rachel Brown, goalkeeper for Team GB, England and FA Women's Super League player from Everton.
The Us Girls Rocks Festival is a girls-only event intended to encourage girls and young women to get active. The day is aimed at young women aged 14 to 25 and will feature a range of free sporting activities. Young women from across the North East are also invited to take part in the FA Girls' Football Festival, incorporating football, lifestyle and music.
Supported by Continental Tyres, Sport England and UEFA, the FA Girls' Football Festival is a free programme aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football. The initiative has already visited 23 venues throughout England in 2012 providing hundreds of girls with an exciting, interactive football experience. Activities include interactive games and competitions, the ContiWarmUp programme, skills and drills with FA approved coaches, hair braiders, prizes and goodies as well as digital stations to entertain the girls during breaks from play.
Kelly Simmons, The FA Head of National Game, said: "The FA Girls' Football Festival is a fantastic platform for girls of all abilities to develop their skills and understanding of the game in a fun, friendly and engaging way. We want more girls up and down the country playing football and learning in an enjoyable environment, and we look forward to seeing them come along and have a great day with us.
"We would also like to thank our partners in the programme, we are delighted to be working with Continental Tyres, Sport England and UEFA to be able to take this festival across the country and engage with so many girls."
With women's football the third largest team participation sport in England, behind men's football and men's cricket, the aim of the festivals is to provide as many girls as possible with, first and foremost, a fun experience but also hopefully ignite an interest in the game that they will be able to develop through their local schools, clubs and County FA's.
"We are delighted to be supporting this initiative from the FA to promote the Girl's game in England," said Tim Bailey, Communications Manager at Continental Tyres.
"It is a natural extension to our existing commitment to women's football through our continued support of the FA Women's Super League and the FA WSL Continental Cup. The FA Girls' Football Festival is key to ensuring continued growth in the sport amongst youngsters and is something we are proud to be a part of."
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