20th March 2017
York College students studying Sports Leadership were given a fantastic opportunity to run the first of two Schools Games Football Festivals this month, hosted on the College’s 3G pitch.
The first event involved over one hundred girls from East York primary schools: Huntington, Clifton Green, St Oswalds, Osbaldwick, Lakeside, Heworth, Dunnington, Hempland, Clifton with Rawcliffe and Ralph Butterfield. The girls took part in a number of coaching sessions delivered by York College students in the morning, and each school played up to four games in the afternoon tournament.
The young footballers were especially excited to meet special guest Jess Sigsworth. Jess, a Women’s Super League player and Doncaster Rovers Belles super striker, has played for England and is a former Nottingham County player.
Level 3 Sport student Danny Bentley (formerly of Manor CE Academy) said: “It was no mean feat running a football tournament for ten primary school teams, in fact it was quite daunting. Getting involved in this festival has been great and has given me a brilliant experience to talk about on my CV and UCAS application. I can’t wait for the West York festival now!”
Donna Crowthers, Football Development Officer at North Riding County FA said: “NRCFA supported by York City Foundation have run the yearly Girls Football School Game Level 2 event for the last five years at York College. The FA have recently announced they intend to double women’s and girls' participation within the next four years and events like this will see this goal achieved. By engaging with local primary schools, girls are given the opportunity to try the sport, some of which may be for the first time. The girls take part in fun sessions delivered by the College’s young Sport Leaders and then take part in a round robin competition in the afternoon. All the girls and schools are given details of the local grassroots teams in the area should the girls have enjoyed the day and wish to continue playing football.”
This year’s winners from East York were Huntington Primary school and we wish them the very best of luck in the next round of the competition. On 31st March the primary schools from West York will battle it out for the chance to represent West York in the Regional School Games Event.