Girls’ football was given a major boost by an inaugural football festival skills session on the Astro Turf pitch at Glossopdale Community College.
More than 70 girls, aged seven to 11, attended the session, which was held as part of the FA’s #Wecanplay campaign and in conjunction with High Peak Sports Partnership and Glossop North End ladies’ team.
Coaches from North End and Glossop Juniors, including Zoey Shaw, and four young sports leaders oversaw a fun afternoon that covered fundamental football skills.
The event was supported by local schools and was enjoyed by all the girls who took part. Commented a spokesman for the Glossop Juniors club: “We would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the session and all those who gave their support.”
The profile of girls’ and ladies’ football has risen considerably since the huge success of the England team at the World Cup earlier this year when they reached the semi-finals.
Glossop Juniors have girls’ teams at U10, U13 and U16 levels, with a clear pathway to senior football with North End. The club has also announced that a new U9s’ team will be formed in 2016, to be run by Dave Rowlinson and Ben Mills.