One-day Girls Football Blitz

by Rose Barrett
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With excitement of the recent World Cup games still fresh, Fingal Sports Office and the FAI will host a one-day girls football blitz later this month, writes Rose Barrett. 

To be hosted in the AUL Clonshaugh, on Saturday, August 19 it promises to transfer the thrills and spills  of the recent Watch Parties to the playing fields for U8-U12 female players.

Fingal Sports Office and the FAI have been actively working together to inspire the future generation of Fingal footballers, with support from Swords Pavillions.

For many of these enthusiastic young players, it may be the first time they proudly don their grassroots club jersey, with the potential to follow in the footsteps of local Fingallian World Cup heroes such as Diane Caldwell (formerly of Balbriggan FC), Izzy Atkinson (formerly of Rush Athletic), and Jamie Finn (formerly of Swords Manor).

Commenting on the event, Paul Keogh, FAI/FCC Football Development Officer added: “My colleagues and I are really looking forward to this event. We have enjoyed watching the Girls in Green in Australia and felt it was important to support the great work of the grassroots clubs by hosting this event in the AUL. By concentrating on the youngest ages, together with the environment we will set, it promises to be a great event.”

Ian Hunter, Centre Director of Swords Pavilions SC, said: “The Women’s World Cup brought both highs and lows, it encourages camaraderie and teamwork and we hope that this shines through with this event. We are also pleased to add an educational aspect to this collaboration by linking in with who are delivering an informative workshop for all coaches attending the event on all aspects of player nutrition which I am sure lots of parents will also appreciate.”

The FCC-FAI-Swords Pavilions Girls Blitz on Saturday, August 19 – the day before the actual Women’s World Cup final. Email [email protected] or your local FAI/FCC development officer. To book your team in, go to

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