The Roche School hosted their hotly anticipated, annual Girls’ Football Festival on Monday 14th March. After postponement last year due to the pandemic, it was great to welcome the schools back.
The afternoon saw over 100 girls from ten different schools play in an afternoon of games. Our amazing pupil sports committee got involved by refereeing the games, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills.
Miss Allana, who masterminds the festival, shared her thoughts: “My idea is to create an event that increases participation and gets more girls playing the sport. Having a festival instead of a tournament eliminates the focus on scores and places an emphasis on skills and teamwork. It has been great to see more schools taking part each year. The feedback is always positive and the event facilitates the creation of firm links with other schools in both the state and private sector. The number of girls participating has increased again this year. Festivals such as this one permit players to just have fun which should be the main focus of any sport.”
Festivals such as this encourage participation levels and increase confidence. Every school plays each other and every player receives a medal for taking part. Well done to our Year 5 and 6 girls who have had a great term of playing football.