A newly established ‘Girls Community Football’ (GCF) initiative is promising to provide more chances for 7-13 year-olds in Dubai.
The first incarnation of Girls Community Football tournament took place on November 29 at GEMS World Academy Dubai and is aiming to provide an independent platform for girls of all abilities to play more football and create a community for young female football fans.
Girls Community Football will host a series of mini tournaments which will be accessible and affordable to all school, club and parent-led teams in Dubai and further afield.
Victoria Hepworth, Partner at Corporate Affair Event Management, which organises and manages the initiative, said: “The popularity of girls football continues to grow in the UAE. Yet, we were made aware of the need to develop an impartial platform to offer opportunities for girls to play football in a social yet competitive atmosphere.
“The GCF is aimed at all girls who wish to play, regardless of their ability, club or school affiliation.
“As an organisation, we are passionate about supporting grass roots sport within the local community and our inaugural girls football tournament is a way of introducing Girls Community Football (GCF) to the UAE, and showcasing our plans for a new, inclusive football community to commence in the New Year.
Ms Jodie Mortimer, from Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association (DASSA) Football and a strong advocate for girls youth football, added: “We’re pleased to see the launch of the GCF initiative and its plans to be a central hub for girls’ football in the UAE.
“It will bridge the gap between elite players, schools, clubs and parent-led teams by providing a structured, all-inclusive, opportunity for girls to play more football.”
Corporate Affair Event Management also organises the popular annual Zurich Corporate Touch 6s tournament, which takes place in Dubai.