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Football Festival comes to Dunstable
 Women's Football News 24 Apr 2013
Football Festival comes to Dunstable   - 24 Apr 2013 - Women's Football NewsFollowing the success of the 2012 FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres, the free programme is travelling around England for the second year and is coming to Dunstable on Sunday 28 April. 
The event will take place at Creasey Park Community Football Centre, Creasey Park Drive, from 11am-3pm. The programme is aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football, as well as raising awareness of the FA Women's Super League.
Two talented FA WSL stars, Lillie Fenlon-Billson (pictured) and Caroline Charlton from Liverpool Ladies FC, will be making an appearance on the day, which will host around 300 girls from local schools and clubs, organised through the support of the Bedfordshire FA. The festival is open to local girls teams and for girls and their families to turn up and join in on the day. The day will also host Bedfordshire's youth female County Cup Finals, officiated by female officials and culminates in the Women's County Cup Final between Luton Town Ladies and Bedford Ladies FC, kick off 3pm.
Last year, nearly 7,000 girls experienced festivals across the country. This year, it is planned to extend the reach further with the launch of 11 stand alone 'super' festivals, along with a further 14 festivals that are run as part of an exciting match day experience at key FA Women's matches - The FA Women's Cup Final, the FA Women's Continental Cup Final, Women's England games and FA Women's Super League fixtures.
The programme is a joint initiative by The FA and Continental Tyres providing girls aged 5 - 17 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players. Each of the 11 'super' festivals which run from April to October, aim to attract over 300 girls and will be geographically located across the four corners of England, in areas which have not previously hosted a festival. Along with 14 additional festivals at key FA Women's matches, it is hoped that thousands of girls up and down the country will have the chance to engage in these 25 free events, designed to encourage youngsters to get involved.
The format of the day is fun and active, combining football, lifestyle and music. Each festival is led by FA approved coaches and includes skills and drills, interactive games and mini matches. A new interactive trailer will house trophies and digital stations to entertain girls during intervals and a range of innovative equipment including inflatable pitch, target shots, speed cage and batak boards will feature at each event, as well as hair braiding and face painting to add to the festival atmosphere. Those attending will get the chance to play with the stars of the game as members of the FA WSL will be at every event to meet, chat and have a kickabout with the girls.
In addition, coaches from across the county are invited to experience a new coaching tool; The ContiWarmUp Programme - the newest endorsed coaching programme by the FA. Coaches can find out more about Conti WarmUp, take part in a demonstration and discuss the benefits of warming up with a Conti Coach in a question and answer session.
Kelly Simmons, The FA Head of National Game, said: "The FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres are a fantastic platform for girls of all ages and abilities to develop their skills and understanding of the game in an informal, enjoyable and engaging way.
"This year we aim to reach more girls across England and provide them with a fun experience, as well as the chance to meet and interact with role models from the FA WSL. We hope to ignite an interest in the game that they will be able to develop through their local schools, clubs and County FA's."
Laura Hardy, sponsorship manager at Continental Tyres, added: "We are really proud to be taking the FA Girls' Football Festivals around England for the second year. With football now the number one female team participation sport in England, our aim is to ensure its continued growth amongst youngsters and provide as many girls as possible with the opportunity to experience football with fantastic role models through fun and informal interactive games. For more information about our activities with women's and girls' football, visit www.contisoccerworld.co.uk."

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