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Over 300 girls descended on Stanley Park Sports Ground this week to take part in a free FA Girls' Football Festival, aimed at increasing and retaining girls' participation in the game.
The event brought together schools from across the county and was organised through the support of the Wiltshire County FA.
Girls aged between five and 16 years from various schools across the county were invited to test their skills in a range of activities combining football, fun and music. The festivals are a joint initiative by The FA and Continental Tyres, providing an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.
FA approved coaches led the event, with a number of FA staff and volunteers on hand to help out and referee. Sessions from the FA Skills team included drills, interactive games, mini matches and the ContiWarmUp Programme - the coaching programme from Continental Tyres endorsed by the FA.
Girls also chatted and enjoyed a kick-about with Yeovil Town Ladies FC players Ellie Curson and Nicky Lipscombe. The ladies were on hand to discuss life as top level female footballers and give advice on how to get involved in the game. Also in attendance was Rockin' Robin from Swindon Town FC and Berry the Bear, official mascot of the FA WSL.
Polly Fildes, Women's Football National Project Officer for The FA, said: "Today has seen a fantastic FA Girls' Football Festival take place at the Stanley Park Sports Ground.
"We've had hundreds of students take part and getting this many girls attending the events shows the emphasis and commitment that the FA and Continental Tyres put into getting the message out that football isn't just for boys.
"The Yeovil Town Ladies FC players have been a real inspiration to the girls today and the variety of activities on offer has been great. At the festival, there are a number of exciting football-based activities, such as a speed cage and agility testing, as well as goalkeeping, refereeing and freestyle workshops.
"We also incorporate face painting, hair braiding and music to show that whatever your involvement in the sport, there is something for everyone. Our overall goal is to get all the girls that attend interested in, and playing, the beautiful game."
All festival attendees received a free ticket to a match at their local FA WSL club. Yeovil Town Ladies FC are set to play Doncaster Rovers Belles on May 31 at Sherborne Town FC.
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