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Festival to visit St Ives Outdoor Centre
 Women's Football News 24 Sep 2014
Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire's budding young female footballers will get the chance to sharpen their football skills this weekend, as the FA Girls' Football Festival, in association with Continental Tyres, travels to St. Ives Outdoor Centre on Saturday 27th September. 
The festival aims to encourage more girls to participate in football by providing a fun, interactive football experience.
Girls teams in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire are invited to take part in five-a-side fixtures and the Girls' Football Festival activities at the One Leisure facility, although any additional girls aged 5-16 are able to attend individually to take part in the interactive activities if desired.
Speaking about the festivals, Steph Houghton, England Women's captain, said: "It's important that girls have fun playing football and the girls' football festivals are a brilliant way of getting them involved and showing them that it doesn't just have to be competitive. Sometimes it can be difficult to join a team but at the festivals there isn't that pressure to be an amazing footballer straight away, there's a relaxed atmosphere for the girls to play in and enjoy football."
Participants at the festival will also have the chance to play with some of the stars of women's football, as FA WSL players from Watford Ladies, Amy Makewell and Renee Hector will be there to meet, chat and have a kickabout with the girls. In addition, Charlotte Lade, one of the world's leading professional football freestylers, will be demonstrating her amazing football tricks and skills.
Watford Ladies have enjoyed mixed success in their first season in the FA WSL 2, currently sitting sixth in the table. Manager John Salomon will look to build on their injury-hampered start to the season when they come up against Oxford United at Berkhamsted FC on 5th October 2014.
The festival is organised with the support of both Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire CFA's and St. Ives Outdoor Centre, the host venue, and will take place from 9.30am - 5.00pm. Each festival is led by FA-approved coaches and includes sessions from the FA Skills and Football Mash Up teams. Participants will try skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and take part in the ContiWarmUp programme.
The girls will get the opportunity to hone their refereeing skills as female referee ambassadors Lucy May and Mary Harmer will be 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

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