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Record number of girls compete to play at Wembley


10 Jan 2015

A record number of girls have taken part in a major schools football tournament which culminates in a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley before the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Over 6,000 girls, aged under 13, have taken part in the group stages of the Kinder+Sport Football League Girls Cup - an increase of more than 1,000 from last year.

Mike Evans, Director of Operations at The Football League Trust, comments, "There is a real buzz about Women's and Girl's football at the moment.  Over the past year the Football League clubs have worked hard on our Female Football Development programme which has successfully stoked interest in the game and strengthened connections between schools and clubs. This is very much reflected in the dramatic increase in participation in the Kinder+Sport Girls Cup."

The competition, which is organised on behalf of The Football League by The Football League Trust, has a unique format.  Each of the 72 Football League clubs run a competition for their local schools, with the winners representing their club, through various stages, on the road to Wembley. The 72 winners of the group stages will now compete at 8 Area Finals, which takes place around the country between 12-17 January.

Mike Evans, continues "The girls who won their local competition now have Wembley and a once in a lifetime experience within their grasp. However, perhaps the most important outcome is that the competition is encouraging so many girls to be active at an early age."

A Ferrero spokesperson said, "We are delighted to be supporting the Football League Kids and Girls Cup competitions, to get children across the country involved with and excited about playing sport and getting active as part of our wider Kinder+Sport activity. At Ferrero we believe that active children are more likely to grow into active adults, and so we are passionate about inspiring future generations to embrace physical exercise, and gain a sense of joy from living an active and healthy life which we to achieve through the Kinder+Sport programme..

Led by clubs in their regions, the tournaments provide children with a truly unique opportunity to be exposed to the world of professional sport, and we hope that they are inspired to remain active following this."

Drew Barrand, Marketing Director of The Football League said, "These competitions really show how Football League clubs connect and engage with their local communities. The Kinder+Sport Football League Kids and Girls Cups use that connection, along with the chance to play on a national stage at Wembley, to drive participation as part of The Football League's ongoing commitment to grassroots football."

Ferrero are also sponsoring the Kinder+Sport Football League Kids Cup Competition which is a six-a-side competition for children under 11, and sees the 72 clubs split into 3 divisions, in line with club's divisional status, before being again split into two groups, north and south. The winners of the divisional northern and southern finals then qualify for the chance to play at Wembley before the Sky Bet Football League Play-Off Final of the relevant division.