Women’s world cup interest shines through at FAI/FCC/Swords Pavilions Girls blitz in the AULPadraig Conlon 12 Sep 2023
Even though the FIFA Women’s World cup is over the tournament’s legacy is only just starting.
350 girls from 25 different clubs attended a fun Girls football blitz event in the AUL on Saturday, September 2.
The event was a culmination of the FAI/Fingal County council summer long initiatives to provide more opportunities for girls in the community.
It started with a pre-world cup blitz in Dublin 15 for the youngest ages, world cup watch parties, the launch of the FAI/FCC Girls Transition year program, the new and exciting FCC/FAI MentHERship program, female only coach education and the most recent blitz in the AUL with support from Swords Pavilions.
The event in the AUL allowed girls aged under eight to under twelve to put their club jersey on for the first time.
The excitement from parents and spectators seeing their daughters start their football journey was a joy to behold.
With the sponsorship from Swords Pavilions, a healthy eating educational piece was also built into the event for all coaches to pass on information to their players and parents.
Delivered by Laura of Bridge Nutrition coaches were given basic tips in hydration, healthy snacks, and nutrition for recovery.
Fruit and drinks were also provided for on the day by FAI partners Circle K, Ballygowan and Energise Sport.
The event featured two competitions for the under 12 age group. Congratulations to both Malahide United FC and Ballyoulster FC on their success on the day.
Commenting on the event Fingal County Council principal sports officer Gerry Reardon said, “it was fantastic to be in the AUL alongside Mayor of Fingal Adrian Henchy, to see firsthand the excitement this event was able to generate.
“A key focus for the sports department in Fingal county council is to provide more opportunities in a healthy and proactive way.
“This event lent itself to this and show cased the collaboration between our sports office and our co funded FAI development officers.”
Ian Hunter, Centre director of Swords Pavilions added, “the girls blitz allows us in Swords Pavilions to support sport in our community. It was fantastic to see so many girls attend and a special thanks to the volunteer coaches from the clubs who give up so much of their own time.
“The healthy eating angle was important to us and were delighted to see how this was received.
“I would like to thank FAI/FCC development officers Paul, Sharon, Jamie, and Sean and all the team on the day for a fantastically well-organized event”
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy added, “The FIFA Women’s World Cup ignited a passion for football among young girls in Fingal, and this event at AUL embodies that spirit. As the Mayor of Fingal, I am deeply proud to see such enthusiasm and commitment from our young girls and the unwavering support from their families and coaches.
“This is not just about football; it’s about empowering our young girls to chase their dreams, understand the importance of health, friendship, wellness and be active contributors to our vibrant community.
“I would like to thank all involved for a very enjoyable day.”