A girls football festival for school years 4, 5 & 6 attracts 92 participants at the new Ebbw Vale Sports Centre.
Newport County's Football In The Community programme (County in the Community) kicked-off the FAW Trust’s 2017 Gwent Regional Investment Plan initiative for Blaenau Gwent with a girls only football festival, aimed at primary school years 4, 5 & 6.
The showcase event, held at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Wednesday, July 5, attracted 92 girls, from 9 schools, offering many their first opportunity to play in an organised format.
Danielle Sievwright, CITC’s Girls Development Officer, said “It’s a fantastic opportunity for new players who want to get involved in football, particularly with their friends and specifically in a fun, enjoyable and safe environment.
"We have a large number of girls here today who are experiencing this type of activity for the very first time and that’s great!”
The festival was structured initially with four 'activity zones' where players could enjoy quality coaching from CITC staff themed around Passing, Dribbling, Shooting and Multi Skills.
During the afternoon session, all players then took part in a “round robin” small-sided competition.
FAW Trust Partnership Manager Andy Pask said: “The structure of this activity, combined with the quality of delivery was very impressive and CITC routinely ensure that these types of events to run smoothly, well done to everyone involved”.
"The activities were also supported by staff from Aneurin Leisure Trust, who assisted with player registrations, liaison with school teachers and general event management on the day."
Sports Development Officer Hannah Winmill said: “It’s great to work with County In The Community and many of the players involved today can look forward to delivery on their school site from September onwards as part of the FAW Trust’s Regional Investment Plan initiative."