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Girls' Football Week 2017 in Review 23/11/2017

From Fluorescent Thursday at Staffordshire University to Keepy-Uppy Creativity at Gloucestershire – November’s Girls’ Football Week had it all! It was fantastic to see all of the Girls’ Football Week activity, promotion and events from across Higher Education take place up and down to the country. The final number of women and girls’ that took part in the week totaled 40,016 across 872 events, 22,000 girls were deemed as new players.

The week displayed some of the fantastic work institutions are delivering! Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester kicked the week off with a launch event at Platt Lane. Lionesses Amy Turner and Karen Bardsley were joined by players from both Manchester institutions and a local primary school for a Q&A session, before getting involved in some of the day’s activities.

Tuesday saw Loughborough University collaborate with Loughborough College to deliver a Girls’ Primary School Festival to over 200 participants, facilitated by their student workforce. Players from local clubs came down to support the event and encourage the girls’ to get involved in local Wild Cats sessions after the day. Meanwhile the University of Hull were upskilling their student workforce with a workshop on engaging women and girls’ in the game.

BUCS Wednesday took over social media on Wednesday, with our profile Premier North fixture taking centre stage. The University of Birmingham hosted Northumbria in one of the most closely contested games of the season so far. An 89th minute winner from Northumbria and Sunderland Ladies player, Bridget Galoway, ensured all three points were heading back North. The fixture was supported by the women’s football committee from Birmingham, providing refreshments and a half time penalty shootout competition for local secondary school girls who came down to watch the game and their role models in action. It was great to see engagement in the #JoinOurSquad campaign from teams across Wednesday’s fixtures!

UV fever took over on Thursday, with Staffordshire University, De Montfort and Hull all donning the UV paint for an open women’s football session, whilst Hartpury brought the UV touch to their Soccercise session. Girls’ football week is all about embracing new ways to enjoy the game! Meanwhile in the Midlands, University of Warwick took on the cross bar challenge in their open training session, showcasing their efforts in a Soccer Am-esq video.

BUCS partnered with Everyone Active, Southwark for a London Football Festival to round off the week. Teams from across London enjoyed the 5-a-side tournament in the sunshine, with Jawahir Roble officiating throughout the event. Hertfordshire took home the England Lionesses tickets for their upcoming fixture in Colchester against Kazakhstan.

Thank you for all institutions for your hard work in supporting the week and driving the campaign, and please pass on our thanks to your student activators, presidents and volunteers. We look forward to another successful Girls’ Football Week in April, with the focus on University outreach in Primary and Secondary schools.

Take a look at the action across the week through our live feed by clicking #GirlsFootballWeek. If you would like any information on how to get involved or support with your women’s football offer, please contact Nicki Russell at nicki.russell@bucs.org.uk.

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