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Girls from across Oxford descended on Oxford City FC to take part in a free FA Girls' Football Festival this week, 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 Oxfordshire County FA. Girls aged between five and 16 years from various schools in 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.
James Shiplee, Football Development Officer at Oxfordshire FA commented: "It's been fantastic to see so many girls enjoying the activities provided by The FA and Continental today. I hope that now the girls have seen the fun and excitement football has to offer that we will see them again soon in our local grassroots clubs and Wildcats Clubs."
FA approved coaches led the event, with a number of FA staff and volunteers to help. The sessions included skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and the ContiWarmUp Programme the coaching programme from Continental Tyres endorsed by The FA.
Girls also enjoyed a kickabout with Lauren Haynes and Demi Lambourne, stars of the FA WSL, who both play for Oxford United Women. The two ladies were on hand to discuss life as a semi-professional female footballer and give advice on how to get involved in the game, finishing the festival with an inspiring question and answer session.
Caroline Hulme, National Women's Football Project Officer at The FA said: "We are delighted to be delivering yet another season of FA Girls' Football Festivals in association with Continental Tyres. The festivals have given thousands of girls the opportunity to try football in a fun and safe environment.
"It's great to see so many girls adding to this number here at today's event. The girls here today have had the opportunity to try all aspects of football and also had the chance to meet their role models from the female game. We hope that we have inspired these girls to seek further football opportunities following today, supporting our aim in doubling female participation by 2020."
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