Hundreds take part in girls’ football festivals

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Twenty three primary schools in St Helens have been praised for taking part in girls’ football festivals.

Harnessing the success of the England women’s football team over the past few years, St Helens Sports Development team has again teamed up with Liverpool County FA to run a number of targeted girls’ football festivals.

Piloted during the 2016/17 academic year, the partnership between St Helens Sports Development and Liverpool County FA continues to go from strength to strength.

October saw the return of the festivals with over 200 girls aged between 7 and 11 taking part across two afternoons at the newly redeveloped Ruskin Drive Sports Village.

Liverpool FC mascot ‘Mighty Red’ even popped in to say hello, encourage the girls taking part and hand out certificates.

Coun Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Libraries and Leisure Services, said: “The girls’ football festivals have been extremely well received by schools and show a real appetite to encourage more girls to play on a regular basis.

“I know further festivals are planned for the rest of the school year and will include one to recognise the vital role that Lily Parr, originally from St Helens, played in the development of the women’s game both during and after the First World War."

Sports Development Officer Danny Bacon added: “It was fantastic to see so many girls taking part in the festivals across the two afternoons.

“The support of the County FA has been vital to their success.”

For more information, or to find out what other school sport competitions are being organised, please email dannybacon@sthelens.gov.uk