Amber Valley Football festival aims to boost participation in female sport

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Women footballers came together to take part in the first ever Amber Valley Women and Girls’ Football Festival.

The event was organised by Sporting Futures, Amber Valley Borough Council and Village Games as part of a plan to raise the profile of women and girls playing football across Derbyshire.

Thirteen sides from three counties competed in the tournament, which took place at Aldercar Community Language College.

Rachel Basile, sports and physical activity officer for sporting futures said: “The day was a great example of communities coming together through sport.

“We are working towards increasing opportunities for women and girls to get involved in football at all levels across Amber Valley and have received some excellent feedback from the event which has provided a good base to build on for next year.”

Notts County were triumphant winners of the open age final, after overcoming a resilient Long Eaton side.

Dronfield White beat Mansfield Hosiery’s Orange team to take third place.

Amber Valley held excellent representation in the U15 category with Alfreton B, Belper Town and Alfreton A coming second, third and fourth respectively, with AFC Leicester Girls & Ladies winning.