Last week, Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Queen of the South women’s football club saw the first inter schools U15 girl’s football festival held at Palmerston Arena.
A number of fixtures were played and the level of performance was fantastic from all 5 schools that were represented including Wallace Hall Academy, Stranraer Academy, Dumfries Academy, Lockerbie Academy and Dumfries High school. The girls playing thoroughly enjoyed the festival and the level of enthusiasm and respect for both the game and fellow players was highlighted by both coaches and staff at the event.
Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman of Community and Customer Services Committee said: “It is great to hear of so many girls playing football, and indeed the increasing number of sporting opportunities being created for women and girls across the region. The effects of the commonwealth games is still very much alive in our region and long may it last with good news stories like this becoming a weekly fixture in our local media”
Sally Hammond, Chairperson for Queen of the South Woman and girls team said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see so many girls here playing football, and playing so well too. There is some girls here who have some real talents so hopefully we can work with them, their families and their schools to encourage them along to training”
Vicky Mclean, Head u15’s girls coach said: “The level of talent here is great, some hidden gems in schools just now that is clearly being showcased here. The support from the schools is really encouraging too, I look forward to making this festival a regular fixture so we can see these girls perform more often. It was a great afternoon of football”
Further festivals and competitions are now being planned to encourage more girls to play football for their schools and local clubs.
For more information regarding girl’s football please contact Sally Hammond, Chairperson for Queen of the South Woman on firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the Queen of the South’s website or Facebook page.