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Girls get inspired at Norwich Festival
 Women's Football News 19 Jun 2014
The FA Girls' Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres visited Norwich, on Wednesday 18th June. 
347 girls from local schools got in the festival mood as they gathered at on The FDC, Bowthorpe Park to take part in the free programme aimed at increasing and retaining participation in the game. The event was organised through the support of the Norfolk County FA.
The participants, aged 5-16 years old, were accompanied by Notts County Ladies players Katie Holtham and Caitlin Friend, who took part in activities including a question and answer session, giving the girls an insight into what its like to be an FA WSL footballer.
The format of the day was fun and active, combining football, lifestyle and music. FA approved coaches led the festival and activities included skills and drills, interactive games (target shoot, speed cage, batak boards) and mini matches inside an inflatable pitch. Referee ambassadors Mary Harmer and Natasha Wilson delivered a refereeing workshop and girls also had the chance to pose with the FA WSL trophy, the Cyprus Cup and the FA WSL Continental Cup. In addition, the FA WSL mascot Berry the Bear was in attendance as well as face painting and hair braiding to add to the festival atmosphere.
Speaking about the day, Katie Holtham said: "It's great that Continental put these festivals on for the girls to have that opportunity and with the World Cup on the telly three times a day, the girls can watch it and show an interest and then they have the opportunity to come to festivals like this and that can inspire them to get into the game."
Mary Harmer explained how the event helps encourage girls to get involved in refereeing and football.
She said: "It's a great opportunity for girls to come with their friends and have fun in a great environment and to just really get involved in football and try new things. Some girls might not of have thought about refereeing in football but there are a lot of opportunities for females to progress in the game and days like this are excellent in sparking there interest."
Anyone interested in getting involved in football can contact Norfolk County FA or visit www.norfolkfa.com.

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