Grassroots Football Festival promises a great day out for all the family

THIS year’s Grassroots Football Festival, which showcases the work of Suffolk FA, is promising a great day out for all the family. The festival is taking place at Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich on Saturday, May 12.

Among the attractions will be the visit of a mystery player from the Women’s Super League (WSL), while the competition’s trophy will also be on view as a WSL National Women’s Roadshow comes to Suffolk to be the centrepiece of the Festival. There will be plenty of football matches for boys and girls aged between five and adults, training courses and food and drink for all the family available at the event which runs from 10am to 4pm.

The WSL National Women’s Roadshow, which is supported by Continental Tyres, Sport England, UEFA and The FA, is open for girls aged between five and 17.

The different zones include a ContiWarm Up Programme, skills and drills, and football sessions on a 4v4 inflatable pitch.

There are also break out zones which include a batak board, a speed cage, and a shooting machine, a digital dome, and a welcome dome. Participants can win prizes, giveaways and competitions.

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There will also be competitions involving 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, formats of football. There will also be a mini soccer referee, safeguarding children, emergency first aid and a welfare officers workshop courses available on the day. The event is free but there is a �5 parking charge which includes a programme, costing �1. There will be food and refreshments available on the day.

Phil Knight, Suffolk FA chief executive, said: “I would urge you to come to our Grassroots Football Festival as it promises to be a great day out for all the family. I am delighted that the WSL National Women’s Roadshow will be present at this year’s event which should offer a real showcase of what women’s football can offer. There is really something for everyone at this year’s festival and I hope those attending will not only have a great time but also gain a valuable insight into what Suffolk FA offers.”

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More than 1,000 players have already registered to play. If you fancy joining in you should contact Suffolk FA Get Into Football Officer (Ipswich), James Payne, on

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