Ravenscroft Girls Festivals

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Player Development Centre

The Ravenscroft Player Development Centre held three age group tournaments over the past month which has seen 54 girls aged between five and 11 taking part from 12 primary schools. 

On Monday 12th June, Year 1 & 2 girls took part in their first tournament, with 14 girls accepting the challenge and coming along to St Sampson’s High School to play tag games and mini matches. Six of the local schools were represented on this night with girls from La Mare De Carteret, Notre Dame, Amherst, Vale, Melrose and La Houguette attending. The evening was based on fun and introducing some technical learning, rules and skills of football in a girl only environment.  It was great to see the girls from the different afterschool clubs that had been delivered throughout the school year compete against each other showing off their skills they developed and having fun with their friends.

The second age group festival was held on Monday 26th June and it was the turn of Year 3&4 girls. It was pleasing to see 20 girls from seven different schools attend and enjoy some competitive matches which were all played in a great spirit with some fantastic ability on display.  This age group of girls have been part of the new generation of female footballers starting in their schools with previous Year 1&2 afterschool clubs and now entering into the first Ravenscroft Tournament shows a superb growth of interest in playing girls football. It is with thanks to the schools for supporting these activities that the girls can have the opportunity to try new sports out.  The girls from Years 3 & 4 represented Notre Dame, La Mare De Carteret, St Mary and St Michael, St Martin’s, Beechwood, Hautes Capelles and Vale.

The final festival was held on Monday 10th July Year, with the Year 5 & 6 girls taking to the stage and competed in a very competitive tournament with each team playing each other twice before progressing to a knock-out stage. In an exciting finish to the festival, the final went to penalties after a 0-0 draw at the end of the game. It was great to see another 20 girls participating, with many of the girls having recently taken part in the Youth Games or engaging with the GFA in school lunch Clubs. Even more pleasing was the fact that that a number of girls, who had no previous experience of GFA led football, also turned up and it proved to be a good mix of players who all enjoyed this competitive tournament.

The Ravenscroft Player Development Centre will now take a break for the summer and recommence in September once the schools are back.  

‘Without the support of Ravenscroft, so many of these girls would not have been given the opportunity to participate in what is the UK’s fastest growing female sport and their continued support with the Player Development Centre is both reassuring and exciting for the future of girls football in Guernsey. The girls have been excited to receive and wear their Ravenscroft Player Development Centre kit  brand new kit as we have created an identity for this programme and I am hopeful and excited that through this partnership we will continue to encourage girls to play football with the on-going support of the schools,’ said women & girls development officer Joelle Pengelley.

Katy Sandrey, group head of marketing and PR for Ravenscroft, said the festivals had been a fantastic end to the first year of the Ravenscroft-sponsored Football for Everyone initiative.

‘Inspiring young girls to take up football is an important element of this initiative and so to see so many children turn out for these festivals is really encouraging for the future of the women’s football. Those girls attending the development centre regularly now have their own kit which we hope will encourage their peers to get involved,’ she said.

If you or your daughter is interested in joining the Girls Football Community please contact Joelle on Joelle.Pengelley@guernseyfa.com or 07781 441680.

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