THE FA Girls’ Festival, which is run in association with Continental Tyres, is returning to Suffolk.

The festival will be running at King Edward School in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday, May 26th – almost two years ago to the day since it was last hosted in Suffolk.

It will be the third time in five years that the roadshow has visited Suffolk, and this time it will be taking place at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds for local primary and high schools.

Suffolk FA Girls’ and Women’s Football Development Officer Paige Shorten, who is organising the festival, said: “We are delighted the FA Girls’ Football Festival is coming to Suffolk again.

“Two years ago we were fortunate enough to have the roadshow which proved to be a great success on the day.

“I would encourage all female footballers in the Bury St Edmunds Schools to take part on the day and make sure their school has booked into the event.”

“On the day we will have Women’s Super League Players, A Female Footballer Freestyler, Referees’ Workshops, Goalkeepers’ Workshops, fun activities and lots of time for match play and learning about the game.

The programme provides girls aged 5-16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.

Participants will also have the chance to play with some of the stars of women’s football, from the FA WSL, who will be there to meet, chat and have a kick-about with the girls.

The format of The FA Girls’ Festival is fun and active, combining football, lifestyle and music. Each festival is led by FA approved coaches and will include sessions from the FA Skills team and Football Mash Up as well, and includes 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 each 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.

Suffolk FA Referee Development Officer Mary Harmer added: “Suffolk FA has 21 female registered referees and the refereeing workshops will provide a taster into refereeing for the girls who attend.

“For many, this may be the first time they experience refereeing and will provide them with insight into the pathway available for female referees to progress.”

Click here to view a video of The FA Girls’ Football Festival.

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