England under-19 star Issy Bryant is special guest as Let Girls Play football festival is a hit
England under-19 player Issy Bryant was the special guest at the Let Girls Play football festival at Linton Village College.
The Ipswich Town player attended the football fun morning hosted by South Cambs School Sports Partnership to talk about how she got into the sport and her pathway so far, from playing for Bar Hall and Cambridge City on to Ipswich and being selected for England under-19s.
Teams of Year 3/4 girls from Histon & Impington Brook, University of Cambridge, Pendragon, Barton, Petersfield, Dry Drayton and Coton Primary Schools attended the event, while 18 sports leaders and girls football activators from Linton Village College led the activities, managing the teams, and refereeing.
Each team was allocated a UEFA Women’s EURO England 2022 finals country to represent, and given a set of T-shirts to wear.
The football focused on fun, providing many of the girls their first opportunity to play the sport.
Claire McDonnell, South Cambs SSP manager, said: “Football is our national sport and we want to make sure girls have the same opportunities to play football that boys do. We want them to play in the curriculum, at breaktime, after school, at local clubs.
“Now is a great moment in time for women’s and girls’ football with the UEFA Women’s EUROs taking place in England really putting women’s football in the spotlight.
“We hope the festival and having Issy there with her England shirt has created some excitement for the Women’s EURO finals and perhaps inspired some of the girls to take up further football opportunities.”
Bryant added: “It was amazing to see so many young girls wanting to play football and it’s really good to see how far the support for girls football has progressed over the years.”
South Cambs School Sport Partnership is part of a nationwide scheme that aims to mainstream football in school for girls with the vision to ensure every girl has equal access to football in school by 2024.
For more information, visit girlsfootballinschools.org.