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Burton's St George's Park to host girls' football festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE'S budding young female footballers will get the chance to sharpen their skills on the same pitches as international footballers Steph Houghton, Toni Duggan, Iniesta and Steven Gerrard at a flagship festival.

The FA Girls' Football Festival, in association with Continental Tyres, will travel to St. Georges Park this Saturday (August 9).

The festival aims to encourage more girls to participate in football by providing a fun, interactive football experience.

St. George's Park is the training home of the 24 England teams, and a national coach education, development and sports science centre for football, sport and business.

Steph Houghton, England Women's captain, said: "It's great that the girls will get the opportunity to visit St. Georges Park and the fantastic facilities they have there.

"It's important that girls have fun playing football and the girls' football festivals are a brilliant way of getting them involved and showing them that it doesn't just have to be competitive.

"Sometimes it can be difficult to join a team but at the festivals there isn't that pressure to be an amazing footballer straight away, there's a relaxed atmosphere for the girls to play in and enjoy football."

The festival will take place from 9am-4.30pm.

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