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Soccer festivals for girls and families

To celebrate the Women’s World Cup, the Football Association of Wales Trust (FAW Trust) is putting on a series of festivals across Wales to provide girls and their families the opportunity to try soccer.

Research suggests that girls typically have less confidence than their male counterparts, thus decreasing the chances of them joining a traditional sports club.

Laura O’Sullivan, Wales international goalkeeper will be at the festival in Cwmbran on June 29th. Laura said: “Being considered a role model for younger girls is such an amazing thing, something I wish I had when I was in school. Attending the free football festivals is the perfect way for girls to try football, as I had no idea I had a talent for it until I was in college, imagine how good I would be if I started playing from the age of six!”

Caroline Spanton, head of football development for the FAW Trust, said: “There is real excitement around girls’ and women’s football right now with the biggest Women’s World Cup taking place. We have to capitalise on the profile of this and help generate new audiences to engage in this fantastic and inclusive game.

“These smaller campaigns and free events are a key element of grassroots football – girls want the opportunity to try football, which is something they may not get to do at school.”

The nearest festivals to Cardiff are:

Pencoed Primary School, Bridgend, CF35 6RH, 27th June, 16:00 – 19:00

Cwmbran Stadium, Cwmbran, NP44 3YS, 29th June, 11:00 – 15:00

Hopkinstown Cricket Club, Pontypridd, CF37 2PR, 7th July, 12:00 – 16:00

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