The FA Girls’ Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres, headed to Brighton this weekend to encourage girls to participate.
One young future women’s football star we met, Stella Lawrence did not need any encouragement to get involved and show us her natural footballing talent. Dressed head to toe in a Brighton and Hove Albion football kit, with her name printed on the back, Stella could not have looked happier as she played one-on-one against one of the FA representatives. Stella even scored a cheeky nutmeg against him!I wonder if we just met the next Kelly Smith! Stella told our reporter that she wanted to play for the England Women’s National Team when she was older.
Meeting Stella and her mother Nicky, re-emphasised to me how important the game is at grass-roots, the pure joy the sport brings to the youngsters and the amazing opportunities that awaits them should they decide to continue.
The event was open to all girls and their families, who were able to join in the activities and have a chance to meet and chat to Welsh International and FA WSL player Angharad James, from Bristol Academy, Brighton and Hove Albion Women players and Chichester Ladies players.
The young players had a chance to play some mini-tournament style football against the full-time players, this action was paused as Brighton and Hove Albion mascot battled it out in a ‘Dance off’ against the FA WSL mascot – this is a must see in the highlights video!
Thank you for everyone who made Women’s Soccer United so welcome at the event and good luck to all you future women’s football stars. Passion.Dedication.Belief.
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