From festivals to free cake, keep an eye out on campus this week for all things football! The FA is running a campaign with the aim of raising the profile of female football and doubling the number of women and girls playing by 2020 – and UoB’s Women’s Football Club (UOBWFC) are going all out.
Whether you’re a super fan and want to know how to join the club, a newbie who wants to give it a go, or a budding coach who needs a hand getting involved, head down to one of the events this week and chat to the awesome teams. This is what they’ve got going on – and they’d love to see you there!
What: Higher Education and Further Education Girls’ Football Festival
When: 1pm – 5pm
Where: Metchley 3G pitch
Open to all female players across both University and college platforms – including any BUCS player who currently play at Division 3 and below – this event will be an informal and FREE festival of music, cakes and football! Come and see the girls to see how you can get involved, at any level.
What: Showcase Game – UoB Women’s 1s vs. Northumbria
When: 4pm kick off
Where: Bournbrook 3G pitch
It’s the battle of the FA Performance Centres! Both universities are official FA Women’s Football Performance Hubs so UoB need all the supporters possible to come down to see our top team in full swing.
What: School Football Festival
When: 4pm – 6pm
Where: Metchley 3G pitch
Run by the women’s football club, this is a chance for the local younger community to come down and get involved in the sport.
What: Young Leaders Sessions
When: 1pm – 2.30pm
Where: UoB School
Run by the team’s coach mentors, the Young Leaders Programme aims to help young girls increase their confidence by becoming leaders to others. In Girls’ Football Week they will be participating in a soccercise session, with the end goal being that they could one day use these skills and experiences to deliver similar training to peers. Great for anyone looking to get into the sport from a coaching perspective.
What: Mini-Soccer Centre Celebration
When: 8am – 9am
Where: Slater Hall, UoB Sport & Fitness
If you have any young family or friends in the area, this event might be for you! The mini-soccer centre is open to all girls aged between 5-8. Again hosted by volunteers from UOBWFC, it’s a fun session with lots of music and energy, aiming to get young girls engaged in football and then give them the opportunities and pathways to be able to continue participating.
Read more about Girls’ Football Week here.
Follow UoB’s Women’s Football team here.
Pictured: UoB’s Just Play ladies