Over 150 Girls attend IOMFA Girls Primary School FUN Festival 2017

Over 150 girls, aged 7-10 years from 13 primary schools around the island gathered at a very sunny Bowl on Friday for an afternoon of non-competitive, fun and friendly football …

The IOMFA Girls Primary School FUN Festival took place on Friday 27th October at the Bowl, Douglas. The Festival runs in a stall style, schools in their groups attended various stations to learn all aspects of football in fun game format such as Football Bowling, Penalty Shoot Outs, Football Netball, Throw-in Challenges, Skills Corner and lots more. The day was supported by Ella Dixon from Everton U16’s Regional Talent Club, Ella talked to players about her experiences of football and was a great inspiration for new players wanting to get involved in football. The festival was rounded off with prize-giving and talks from Amy Beggs-Cairney about how to get involved in football outside of school.


Amy Beggs-Cairney IOMFA Women and Girls Football Development Officer says ‘’The festival this year was even better than expected over 150 girls attended which is a big increase from last year. The idea around hosting a festival is to give the girls a fun introduction to the football from a young age and by taking away the competition format, it ensures that all players feel able to come along and join in with no added pressure of having to win anything. This is the second year we have had this festival on the Primary School Sports Program, it is great to see new schools attending each year and the numbers increasing, it is all in the aim of increasing participation in the Women and Girls Game by 2020, a target after Friday is something I am certain is going to be achievable. The support and the drive in schools for girls football has been incredible… looking forward to the next Girls Primary Schools event in April.’’


Amy Beggs-Cairney and the Isle Of Man FA would like to thank all the teachers and girls for your participation at the festival, massive thank you to all the Sure Sports Young Leaders, UCM Sports Students and Club Volunteers for supporting the afternoon and making it possible to run the event.