Saints Foundation compete in first ever PL Girls Football Festival


Last week, Saints Foundation were one of 40 Clubs who travelled to St George’s Park to compete in the Premier League’s first National Girls Football Festival.

The two-day event, run by the Premier League in partnership with The FA, was part of The FA Girls’ Football Week, and celebrated the work of the PL Girls Football programme throughout the year.

For many of those participating, it was their first opportunity to play in a competitive tournament in elite facilities, and with so many other teams from around the country competing, the standard on show was particularly high.

Representing Southampton Football Club, the Foundation took three girls from Cantell School and five from Redbridge Community School to England’s National base, where they had the opportunity to test their skills against teams such as Arsenal, Bournemouth and Preston.

The girls also got the chance to meet Faye White MBE, who was on hand to give out the medals, “It’s really important to give the girls the opportunity to play in a festival specifically for them.” The former England and Arsenal captain commented.

The tournament at St George’s showcased potential pathways that are available in the modern game for female footballers, and it was a suitable celebration of how successful the PL Girls programme is, with more than 45,000 females engaging with the programme since it started in 2013.

“For our girls to be given the opportunity to play at world class facilities, in such a competitive, yet fun, environment is amazing.” Ollie Morton, Saints Foundation’s Women and Girl’s Project Officer, said. “They were a credit to the Foundation and to Southampton FC, and they can’t wait to get going with PL Girls when the school year starts again in September.”


If you’d like to know whether your school offers the PL Girls programme, contact Ollie Morton at

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