Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Hassenbrook Football Festival for girls takes place at Aveley

HASSENBROOK Football Festival for girls took place yesterday (1 June) at Parkside, the home of Aveley FC. The event was aimed for girls teams to play opponents of a similar level.

Organisers Alex and Kayleigh Barber started advocating for more female inclusion in the sport after their daughter was bullied. Alex said: “Two years ago our own daughter was the victim of bullying around football while trying out for her school team with boys.”

Following this, Alex and Kayleigh spoke with campaigners Her Game Too and footballer Gabriella Howell who inspired their daughter to get back into the sport.

The couple went on to author children’s book Ella Plays Football – Her Game Too and after visiting 15 schools in Essex & Kent it became clear to the pair that a female only football tournament was needed.

Alex described the festival as a “fantastic experience for all involved”. Around 50 players and 100 parents attended, along with special guests that included Women’s Football Referee Amari Taylor.

Amari said: “This event was really well put together, it’s great to see girls this young getting to experience a professionally and fun tournament promoting girls football.”

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