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Barclays FA Girls' Festival Opens Up A Whole New World

11 June 2024


Barclays FA Girls' Festival Opens Up A Whole New World

11 June 2024

Last Tuesday, Colchester United Community Foundation hosted a football festival for girls in local primary schools, in partnership with Active Essex. The event was in support of Barclays FA Girls school programme, and allowed pupils from a range of local schools to take part in a morning of Disney-inspired football.

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Hosted at our Shrub End home, year 3 & 4 girls from Home Farm, Camulos Academy, Kendall, St John’s, Langham, Boxted and St Teresa’s Primary Schools all enjoyed a morning of football fun, with games themed around The Incredibles movies.
Girls took part playing games as different characters, each with a different mission to complete to win points for their team and competing with another school they had been grouped with.

Sophie, who attends Boxted Primary School, spoke about how much fun she had had, despite the rainy conditions.

We’ve had lots of different challenges, some against time limits, other times we’ve been escaping from bad guys and had to protect our football. I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s different to other times I’ve played football and everyone has been smiling all day.”

The schools worked in groups and spent time with different coaches from CUCF playing a different themed game, whether it was Dash protecting treasure from the Raccoons or performing different skills and actions, based on a character the coach gave them.

Zoe Lynch, Children & Young People’s Project Officer at Active Essex, explained how the scheme aims to allow equal access to sport for girls, in particular, football.

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Today’s event is for year 3 & 4 girls, so the younger years are really getting a chance to play football and there’s a great vibe here and a large part of that is down to how energetic and engaged each of the coaches has been around the theme for this year. Each school will take away a bag of footballs for their school.”

“The girls are having a great time, teachers have given some really good feedback on how much their pupils are enjoying the sessions and for some of them, they’re getting a really positive first experience of football.”

We also caught up with Martha & Sophie, teachers at Home Farm Primary School, to see how their experience had been.

“The Disney link has been really inspiring for the age groups involved, it’s added an extra layer of engagement and enjoyment and it’s suddenly a lot more accessible than just football might have been. To get them out for a morning of sport and the same opportunities that boys at school would get is great.”

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If you’re interested in getting involved with our female football pathway, please contact or for more information on CUCF education programmes,



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