BY NEWS REPORTER
A girls’ football festival organised by charity Big Kid Foundation at Larkhall Park, Stockwell, on Monday kicked off the half-term holiday with a bang.
The event was organised by award-winning South London youth charity Big Kid Foundation as part of the #ThisGirlCan campaign, which aims to celebrate female participation in sport.
The purpose of the event was to encourage more girls to get active, and to spotlight the organisations encouraging girls to get involved in football.
Big Kid invited a number of girls’ football teams from across the borough to take part in the free tournament. Seven teams attended, including teams from Fulham Football Club Foundation, Goals 4 Girls, La Retraite and CEF Lynx. Matches were organised for two different age groups, with girls aged 11-13, and 14+ taking part.
Liam, a coach at Fulham Football Club Foundation, said: “It was a great day. All the girls enjoyed it, and there was a good standard of teams.
“The tournament was well hosted; it was fair, the refs were good and good sportsmanship was demonstrated by all.
“It is very important that events like this happen so that we keep girls playing sport.”
Big Kid is a Lambeth-based charity that aims to equip young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence to take control of their lives, find, develop and act on their own potential.
After some nail-bitingly close matches, Big Kid were crowned winners in the 14+ division, with Fulham Football Club Foundation taking home the title in the 11-13 group.
Lambeth Mayor Councillor Marcia Cameron and Sarah Wall, head of South London pub chain Livelyhood, presented the trophies and medals.
Cllr Cameron said: “Big Kid Foundation is an inspiration to young girls. This tournament is an example of one of the ways in which they enable young people to socialise in a positive and healthy way – while keeping fit.”
Visit http://www.bigkidfoundation.orgor @BIGKIDCharity for more.