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Burnley FC in the Community host Premier League Primary Stars Regional Tournament

Last Tuesday, Burnley FC in the Community hosted a Premier League Primary Stars Under-11 National Girls Football Tournament. This event aimed to commemorate International Women’s Day by promoting female participation in sports, particularly football.

Ten regional tournaments have been staged at community facilities across the country, with hundreds of young people representing Premier League, EFL and National League clubs hoping to win the opportunity to play on a Premier League pitch, in the playing kit of their respective professional football club.

The National Girls Football Tournament is one of the competition elements of the Premier League Primary Stars programme. Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football to help children to be active and develop essential life skills.

The tournament showcased the talent and dedication of young female footballers, bringing together teams from clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Preston, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Foundation 92 and Oldham.

One of the highlights of the event was the attendance of Burnley FC Women’s player Mikayla Wildgoose and Head of Women’s Football, Lola Ogunbote, who came along to show their support. Their presence added a touch of inspiration and provided a unique opportunity for the young players to interact with role models in women’s football.

The semi-finals ended in two exciting penalty shoot-outs, which set up a great Manchester derby between the blues and reds in the final. Ultimately, the final came down to the wire, with Manchester United being crowned champions.

To recognise the outstanding efforts of the teams and players, Mikalya and Lola were on hand to distribute player and team awards. The awards ceremony allowed a moment to reflect on every participant showcasing their hard work, resilience, and teamwork.

The women’s players not only handed out awards but also shared valuable insights and encouragement with the aspiring footballers, reinforcing the importance of perseverance and teamwork in achieving success.

The Premier League Primary Stars International Women’s Day Tournament not only provided a platform for young female footballers to showcase their skills but also emphasized the broader message of inclusivity and empowerment. The event served as a reminder that sports, and particularly football, can be a powerful vehicle for promoting gender equality and breaking down barriers.

For more information on our Premier League Primary Stars programme, please contact lianne.bradford@burnleyfc.com