Alongside the trophy, Oxford United Women’s players, Kat Nutman (Captain), and Goalkeeper, Demi Lambourne, recently crowned Oxfordshire Sports Woman of the Year at the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Awards 2016 and football freestyler Charlotte Lade, will also be in attendance on the day to support the girls, talk to them and have their photos taken.
During the tournament, players and spectators alike will be able to see the SSE Women’s FA Cup Trophy up-close and also have the fantastic opportunity to take part in a competition to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Wembley Stadium on SSE Women’s FA Cup Final day (Saturday 14 May) by taking a selfie of themselves and their friends posing with the FA Cup Trophy and posting it on Instagram or Twitter using the hastag #ThisIsOurCup.
Sarah Wood, Football Development Manager at Oxfordshire FA, said: “Summertown Stars’ annual primary school tournament is always a successful event and has a massive impact on girls’ football in Oxford. It will be a great start to the launch of Girls’ Football Week with over 120 girls taking part in a fun packed event. A massive amount of credit must go to the volunteers at Summertown for putting such an amazing event on year after year.”
The tournament first started five years ago when Oxfordshire FA, Charter Standard Community Club, Summertown Stars AFC decided to look into the level of interest for girls football in north Oxford. They quickly found that the interest was huge and since their first tournament five years ago the number of women and girls playing football for Summertown Stars alone, has increased by nearly 600% - from 22 to more than 150 players.
Matthew Richardson, Tournament Organiser and Girls Coach at Summertown Stars AFC, said; “We wanted to try and help more girls play football, and with support from the Oxfordshire FA, the Oxford United Ladies team and the rest of our club, this year we have 22 teams from 12 primary schools taking part, which is fantastic!
“The North Oxford Inter Primary School Girls Football Tournament has now become a gateway event for girls to play football, make new friends and have fun. It is widely supported and feedback has been really positive from teachers, players and parents alike.
“Summertown Stars are delighted to continue playing a part in helping to develop girls football in Oxfordshire and the future certainly looks bright with so many local clubs and schools setting up girls football teams."