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'Female football is massively increasing'

3 Feb 2017
Chelsea PL Girls Football tournament, Niamh Fahey, Beth England, January 2017

Players given the chance to impress at a Chelsea Foundation Premier League Girls Football tournament

Over the last four years, Chelsea Foundation has engaged hundreds of players in its Premier League Girls Football programme.

And some of those participants had the chance to show the skills they had learnt on the programme when they took part in a tournament featuring more than 70 players.

The event was held at Coombe Girls' School in south west London, just one of the venues where the Foundation hold weekly football sessions.

"The tournament presented a fantastic opportunity for schools across the borough to participate in a fun and engaging afternoon of football," said Megan Smith, who began on the scheme as a volunteer and is now a Foundation coach. 

"Female football is massively increasing and to have over 70 young girls determined to be a part of this increase is exciting."

The players were given a surprise when Chelsea Ladies players Niamh Fahey and Beth England came down to watch the action and present medals.

"It is important to show our support and hopefully do our bit to inspire the next generation of women footballers," Fahey told chelseafc.com.

Chelsea Foundation began their PL Girls Football programme in 2013 and since then more than 800 girls have been engaged.

See: Chelsea FC Foundation

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