The FIFA Women’s world cup may be over, but its legacy is only just starting with over 350 girls, from 25 different clubs attending a fun Girls blitz event in the AUL on Saturday, September 2.
Rose Barrett writes the event was a culmination of the FAI/Fingal County council summer long initiatives to provide more sporting opportunities for girls in the community.
It began with a pre-world cup blitz in D 15 for the youngest ages, world cup watch parties, the launch of the FAI/FCC Girls Transition year program, the new and exciting FCC/FAI MentHERship program, female only coach education and the most recent blitz in the AUL with support from Swords Pavilions.
The event in the AUL allowed girls aged u8-u12 to put their club jersey on for the first time. There was great excitement from parents and spectators seeing their daughters start their football journey. With the sponsorship from Swords Pavilions, a healthy eating educational piece was also built into the event for all coaches to pass on information to their players and parents. Delivered by Laura of Bridge Nutrition coaches were given basic tips in hydration, healthy snacks, and nutrition for recovery. Fruit and drinks were also provided on the day by FAI partners Circle K, Ballygowan and Energise Sport.
The event featured two competitions for the under 12 age group. Congratulations to both Malahide United FC and Ballyoulster FC on their success on the day.
Commenting on the event, Fingal County Council principal sports officer Gerry Reardon said, “It was fantastic to be in the AUL alongside Mayor of Fingal Adrian Henchy, to see firsthand the excitement this event was able to generate. A key focus for the sports department in Fingal county council is to provide more opportunities in a healthy and proactive way. This event lent itself to this and show-cased the collaboration between our sports office and our co funded FAI development officers.”
Ian Hunter, Centre director of Swords Pavilions added, “The girls blitz allows us in Swords Pavilions to support sport in our community. It was fantastic to see so many girls attend and a special thanks to the volunteer coaches from the clubs who give up so much of their own time. I would like to thank FAI/FCC development officers Paul, Sharon, Jamie, and Sean and all the team on the day for a fantastically well-organized event”
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