Saturday April 20th saw the end of season Capital Girls League Festival take place at Chase Lodge Playing fields with a number of different events taking place throughout the day involving teams from all over London.
Teams were given the option to enter into round robin festivals at U9, U11 and U13 age groups. We were very pleased to welcome developing clubs Alexandra Park, Old Acotnians and West London Somaliland who have recently started girls football and were using the festivals as oppourtunity to introduce thier teams to the venue and to meet current CGL teams.
The festivals took palce throughout the morning with U9 teams being awarded mini Champions League Final Footballs to assist with developing the girls football skills whilst the U11 & U13 teams received new trianing kit including footballs and a pair of Goalkeeping Gloves for new side Alexandra Park. A number of teams were also awarded 2 women's Champion League Final tickets each to present to their ' Players of the Day.'
Kevin Green, our local Tesco Skills Team leader attended on the day to help support clubs with transition from 7v7 to 9v9 football. Kevin put together a presentation to highlight the difference in the game and also to give coaches some ideas around session planning taking into consideration the new format of the game and its additional rules including offside! Kevin was on hand throughout the morning to discuss some considerations which coaches may need to start thinking about ready for the new season.
We were very pleased to have the event supported by our Local Women's Super League and UEFA Champions League Semi Finalists, Arsenal Ladies who sent along Alex Scott and Jordon Nobbs to the Festival. Both players were fantastic and spent their morning meeting players, watching matches and helping present awards which had been won throughout the season.
Throughout the season League Coordinator Viv Jeffers has been keeping an eye on fixtures and making a note of any special performances whether by players or teams. The festival gave us an oppourtunity to present these players with a few prizes to celebrate their efforts. Well Done to all players who received awards.
The U11 and U13 Cup finals took place on the day with Alex Scott and Jordon Nobbs watching on and in place to present the trophies to both winning sides. Match reports to follow.
We would like to take this oppourtunity to Thank all involved with the day including all clubs who attended, our referees, volunteers and parents. Special thanks go to Viv Jeffers our league coordiantor, Sam Brown Football Development Officer, Alex Scott and Jordon Nobbs of Arsenal Ladies and Kevin Green Tesco Skills Team Leader. The league will continue for a number of weeks to conclude fixtures which were postponed due to the poor weather in the early part of the year.