Birmingham County FA was proud to host the opening round of the Female Football Series on Saturday 15 February, with the first round action taking place at Aston Villa Football Club.
The Female Football Series provides an opportunity for disabled female footballers aged 16 and over to play competitive football, with teams from Birmingham County FA, Sheffield & Hallamshire FA, West Riding FA, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA and Staffordshire FA all participating in the event’s opening round.
Over the course of the day, teams were split into two divisions with silver and bronze categories available, corresponding to the mobility and understanding of players within each team.
Both divisions’ competition went down to the wire, with teams all taking points off each other due to the strong contest throughout. However, it was Aston Villa (top title image) who emerged victorious, lifting both trophies on offer.
Beyond that, however, the event saw a huge amount to celebrate. With special guests in attendance and other activities on offer throughout the afternoon, a wider experience was created; ensuring a lasting memory of the day was taken away.
Renowned football freestyler, Charlotte Lade, was also in attendance and showcased her skills, before running a skills workshop for all participants. The event was also boosted by the attendance of Aston Villa Women players Kerri Welsh, Marisa Ewers and Natalie Haigh, who mingled with all of those involved and were happy to pose for selfies throughout.
In addition, Aston Villa Foundation established a Fun Zone on one of the facility’s pitches, which allowed all attending to take part in football challenges and have fun with team-mates between matches.
Jasbir Batt, Football Development Officer (Disability) at Birmingham County FA, said: “Birmingham County FA, in conjunction with Aston Villa, were delighted that teams had the opportunity to play against teams they’ve never played before. It was a different environment for many and came across as a hugely positive experience for all overall.
“We were also delighted to have a number of special guests attend the event, as it was a great chance to showcase role models within the game, both locally and nationally, whether it be professional players or freestylers.
“Birmingham County FA has highlighted the importance of creating events like these to ensure limited opportunities for adult female footballers with disabilities become eventual unlimited opportunities.”
The next round of fixtures will be taking place on Saturday 14 March 2020.
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