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Cheshire's budding young female footballers will get the chance to sharpen their skills at a flagship festival.
The FA Girls' Football Festival, in association with Continental Tyres, will travel to Moss Farm Leisure Complex on Monday 16th June. The festival aims to encourage more girls to participate in football by providing a fun, interactive football experience.
Beginners are also invited to the free event, which incorporates football, lifestyle and music activities and is open to primary school girls aged 5-11.
Speaking about the festivals, Mark Sampson, England Women's Head Coach, said: "The Girls' Football Festivals are a great way to get younger girls participating in the game. By getting girls involved from a young age we can give them more opportunity to develop, whilst increasing participation and continuing to grow the women's game in England."
England will be away in Minsk and Ukraine playing Belarus and Ukraine from 10th-19th as they continue to build towards qualification for the World Cup 2015 in Canada.
Participants at the festival will also have the chance to play with a star of women's football, as Issy Christiansen, from the FA WSL's Manchester City, will be there to meet, chat and have a kickabout with the girls.
Manchester City had a difficult start their first FA WSL campaign, losing their opening two games. However they have found their form of late and now have six points thanks to two wins from the last two games, leaving them two points off of their next opponents, table toppers Birmingham City.
The festival is organised with the support of Cheshire County FA and Moss Farm Leisure Complex, the host venue, and will take place from 9.30am - 3.30pm. Each festival is led by FA-approved coaches and includes sessions from the FA Skills team. Participants will try skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and take part in the ContiWarmUp programme.
Female referee ambassadors Lucy May and Jane Simms will also be at the event, hosting workshops on officiating games through role play using flags, whistles and cards.
An interactive trailer will house trophies and digital stations, along with a variety of innovative equipment including an inflatable pitch, a speed cage, target shoot and reaction-testing batak boards.
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 25 locations around the country between March and October
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. 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: "The Festivals have grown year on year and have given tens of thousands of girls the chance to get involved. The day will be a fantastic showcase of women and girls football which we are really proud to continue to support."
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