December 14, 2018, by Charlotte Gauja

UoN welcomes 60 primary school girls to David Ross Sports Village for the Christmas Futsal Festival

As part of the University of Nottingham FA Grassroots Hub project, on Friday 7th December, David Ross Sports Village welcomed over 60 primary school girls from around Nottingham to take part in a Christmas Futsal Festival.

Delivered by the UoN Women’s Football and Futsal Club, many of the participants experienced their first experience of Futsal. The action was fast paced, with goals a plenty!

Student leaders helped referee the matches as well as providing guidance to each team offering advice and motivation to the young players.

UoN student and current WSL player with Aston Villa, Sophie Haywood came along to support the event by chatting with the girls, answering questions about life as a student at UoN and as a top class footballer. Sophie stayed to have pictures with some of the participating teams and handed out the awards.

Dan Smith, UoN Football and Futsal Development Officer stated “It was great to see so many girls enjoying Futsal and I truly believe the event gave many of them a positive first experience. There were many smiles throughout the afternoon, and I hope they were inspired to continue playing.”

Izzy Wretham, Club Development Secretary added “Over the course of the day we saw great passion, determination, teamwork and sportsmanship from all teams. It was heart-warming to see side-line encouragement and support from PE staff, long may it continue! As the development secretary it is really important to give girls the best opportunities to encourage as many girls to get involved as possible!”

The day was aimed to show the girls a rising female sport, as well as inspiring them to remain fit and healthy. If you are interested in becoming involved and finding out more about increasing participation in football and futsal please contact Dan Smith at

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