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Festival joins Big Day Out
 Women's Football News 19 Mar 2014
The FA is delighted to announce that it will be bringing its highly successful Girls' Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres to participate in the 'Girls Big Day Out' staged at Crown Hills Community Centre on Friday 28th March, from 9am-4pm. 
The event is organised with the support of Leicestershire and Rutland County FA and Crown Hills Community College, the host venue. Working with England Handball and Street Games, the FA, supported by Continental Tyres, will help to deliver a multi-sport opportunity for hundreds of young girls aged 14-18, from secondary schools and colleges across the region. Secondary schools and colleges are invited to contact marion.hayton@leicestershirefa.com to register.
The participants will get the chance to play with some of the stars of women's football, as players from Birmingham City Ladies and Leicester City Women FC, will be there to meet, chat and have a kickabout with the girls. They will also be accompanied by GB handball player Holly Lam-Moores, who represented GB at London 2012 and has played professionally in Europe. She's now back in England running a girls handball club in Warrington. In addition, Charlotte Lade, one of the world's leading professional football freestylers, will be demonstrating her amazing football tricks and skills.
The StreetGames Us Girls programme will be supporting the event by offering access to health and wellbeing services and opportunities to receive free mini beauty treatments; providing a perfect complement to the handball and football activities. These additional wellbeing offers will make the event feel like a day out for the girls and give them some time to dedicate to themselves.
The FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres has gone from strength to strength, with 2013 attracting over 11,000 girls across the 33 events. Now a much anticipated fixture in the annual calendar for the Women's and Girls' game, the 2014 Festivals will once again visit over 30 locations around the country between March and September.
The Girls' Big Day Out is a joint initiative between The FA and Continental Tyres, England Handball and StreetGames providing girls aged 14-18 with exciting, interactive football and handball experiences for both those new to the sports as well as regular players.
The format of the FA Girls' Festival is fun and active, combining football, lifestyle and music. Each festival is led by FA approved coaches and Football Mash Up, and includes skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and the ContiWarmUp Programme - the newest endorsed coaching programme by the FA. In addition, female referee ambassadors will deliver practical referee workshops.
The interactive trailer will house trophies and digital stations to entertain girls during intervals and a range of innovative equipment including inflatable pitch, speed cage, target shoot, quick feet and batak boards will feature at each event. To add to the festival atmosphere, there will be giveaways, as well as hair braiding and face painting. The FA WSL mascot Berry the Bear will also be in attendance.
David Meli, Chief Executive Officer, England Handball spoke about the event and the partnership with The FA and US Girls, saying: "As a sport, we've seen continued phenomenal interest since London 2012, much of which has been from young women and girls. We've worked hard with organisations such as US Girls to provide vibrant and exciting offers which are centred around individual needs. Working with the FA on an event of this scale has been a great coup for us and we'd like to extend our thanks to all of the partners involved in delivering the Girls Big Day Out 2014."
Kelly Simmons, Director of the National Game and Women's Football, said: "We are incredibly proud of the achievements of 'The FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres' over the last three years and are delighted to be able to use the Festivals to support this marvellous initiative 'Girls Big Day Out'. Anything The FA can do to improve the wellbeing of young women through sport and activity we welcome. Our Festivals have clearly shown the enthusiasm there is across the country from young girls when they are offered the opportunity to participate in sport in general and football in particular."
Guy Frobisher, Marketing Director at Continental Tyres, added: "We are really pleased to be joining the 'Girls Big Day Out'. We are delighted to see the year on year growth of the Festivals and are confident that our presence will prove hugely popular with all the girls who attend."

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