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The FA Girls' Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres, a free programme aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football, is coming to Brighton on Saturday 22nd June.
The event will take place at Preston Park, from 12pm-5pm. The FA Girls' Football Festival is open to girls and their families and is part of the launch day of the Brighton and Hove City Council TAKEPART 2013 Festival of Sport & Physical Activity, which will feature a range of free sporting activities in the Park for all ages and abilities.
Welsh International and FA WSL player Angharad James (pictured), from Bristol Academy, will be making an appearance. Brighton & Hove Albion Women players, who play in the Premier League Southern Division, and Chichester City Ladies will also be attending and female referees from Sussex County FA will be on hand to discuss their experiences and how they started their refereeing journey.
The programme, travelling around England, is a joint initiative by the FA and Continental Tyres. It provides girls aged 5-17 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.
The format of the day is fun and active, combining football, lifestyle and music. The festival is led by FA approved coaches and includes skills and drills, interactive games and mini matches.
An interactive trailer that houses 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, as well as hair braiding and face painting to add to the festival atmosphere.
In addition, the FA is offering coaches across the county the chance to get involved in an exciting new coaching tool - The ContiWarmUp Programme. The free web based programme endorsed by the FA, is designed to optimise performance and minimise injury. Coaches are invited to attend the interactive fanzone to find out more about the online resource, take part in a 30 minute ContiWarmUp demonstration and discuss the benefits of warming up with an expert Continental Tyres Coach in a question and answer session. Coaches can apply by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. They are required to hold a minimum current FA Level 1 coaching badge and an FA CRB.
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. 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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