Noah Dougherty
Thursday 12 March 2020

FGR Community marked Tuesday’s EFL Day of Action by partnering with Stroud District Council and the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to host a Premier League Primary Stars Girls Festival.

With 23 teams, including 11 schools with female ambassadors competing on the day, it was the biggest girl’s competition in Stroud.

Prior to the event, FGR Community coaches delivered a referees training workshop to help upskill the students at SGS College, who volunteered as officials on the day as part of their studies.

Blue Coat Primary, who were the winners of the tournament, will go on to represent FGR at the Premier League Primary Stars U11 Girls Regional Football Tournament in Cardiff, with the opportunity to progress and represent FGR on a national level.

Captain Joseph Mills and fellow defender Liam Kitching both joined in the fun on the day, and harked back to their time in school tournaments.

“The EFL’s work in the community brings people together with a common goal,” said Mills.

“It’s about having fun and enjoying yourself, but football always brings a bit of competition.

“It’s great to get these girls involved in football from such a young age, and it’s nice to have an all-girls tournament where they can be confident and feel they can shine.

“Football has a power to unite people. You see how many fans fill stadiums up and down the country, and we want to harness that to make everyone feel welcome and enjoy the sport we all love.”

For 20-year-old Liam Kitching, his days in school football teams doesn’t seem so far away.

“I used to love these tournaments when I was at school,” he said.

“Football is the biggest sport in the world, and it’s so nice to see people out with their friends enjoying the games.

“Everyone comes together at events like these and they all share the same enjoyment, it’s great to see.”

All teams who attended the day have also been invited to come to an FGR match of their choice before the end of the season, and we look forward to seeing them at The New Lawn.