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29 May 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre will host the FA Girls’ Football Festival.

The event on Tuesday 23rd June is organised with the support of the Sussex County FA and Albion - who are hosting the festival at the training ground in Lancing.

The free programme, aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football, is open to young girls from primary and special schools, within Sussex.

Brighton & Hove Albion elite women and girls’ football manager Tracy Doe told, “For us, it’s the start of what June is be going to be at the training ground; a festival of football. We will be doing a lot of events down the line but this is the biggest one of all."


Participants will have the chance to play with some of the stars of women’s football, as players from The FA Women's Super League and The FA Women’s Premier League will be there to meet, chat and have a kick-about with the girls.

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

The FA Girls’ Football Festivals has gone from strength-to-strength; during 2014 it attracted over eight thousand girls across twenty five events.

Now a much anticipated fixture in the annual calendar for the women’s and girls' game, the 2015 festivals will once again visit over twenty five locations around the country between February and October.

The programme provides girls aged five to 16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.

The Sussex festival is specifically targeting girls in school years three, four, five, six and specials schools with opportunities for secondary students to get involved with volunteering at the event.

The format of The FA Girls’ Festival is fun and interactive, combining football, lifestyle and music. Each festival is led by FA approved coaches and will include sessions from the FA Skills team, skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and the ContiWarmUp Programme - the newest endorsed coaching programme by The FA.

The interactive trailer will house trophies and digital stations to entertain girls during intervals and a range of innovative equipment including inflatable pitch, speed cage, target shoot, quick feet and batak boards will feature at the event.

To add to the festival atmosphere, there will be giveaways, as well as hair braiding and face painting. The FA WSL mascot Berry the Bear will also be in attendance along with Brighton & Hove Albion mascots Gully and Sally.

To ensure the day is a huge success the Sussex County FA are looking to employee a number of FA Level 1 coaches to help the day run as smoothly as possible. There are also a number of volunteer opportunities to get involved in, and should you be interested in helping out on the day, please contact Clare Nichols at the Sussex County FA (details below).

For further information about The FA Girls’ Football Festival or to register your interest please contact the Sussex County FA:

Clare Nichols
T: 01903 766855

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