FOOTBALL: Girls’ festival at Redlands

GIRL POWER: Redlands will host an FA festival

GIRL POWER: Redlands will host an FA festival

First published in Sport

DORSET’S budding young female footballers will get the chance to sharpen their skills at a flagship FA festival.

The FA Girls’ Football Festival will travel to Redlands Community Sports Hub on Friday, June 6.

The festival aims to encourage more girls to participate in football by providing a fun, interactive football experience.

Beginners are also invited to the free event, which incorporates football, lifestyle and music activities and is open to girls aged from seven to 11.

Stars from the FA Women’s Super League will also be in attendance and participants will have the chance to meet and test out their skills with the players.

In addition, Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s leading professional football freestylers, will be demonstrating her tricks and skills.

The festival is organised with the support of Dorset County FA and Redlands Community Sports Hub, and will take place from 9am until 3.30pm.

FA-approved coaches lead each festival and participants will try skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and take part in the ContiWarmUp programme.

Female referee ambassadors will also be at the event, 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.

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