Football Queensland (FQ)’s Yeh The Girls Gala events came to an end this week, after nine sessions held in locations across the state.
The free Yeh The Girls Gala events provided an opportunity for women and girls to give football a go in a social setting, encouraging participants to bring along a female friend or family member for a taste of football in a relaxed and fun environment.
Coinciding with the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the events kicked off in Toowoomba on Monday, 10 June before travelling around the state and concluding in Yeronga on Tuesday, 9 July.
The Gold Coast Yeh The Girls Gala, held at Robina Soccer Club, was the biggest of them all with an incredible 85 participants of varying skill levels aged between 12 and 50 attending, many of whom were trying football for the first time.
Participants of all ages across the state spoke of how much they enjoyed the events that ran alongside the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“We’re a bunch of women that got involved and have never done it before and we had a lot of fun,” said one participant at the Gold Coast Gala event.
“The energy has been great, everyone has just been enjoying it so much.”
Toowoomba mother and participant Tiffany Burstow said the Yeh The Girls Gala event provided a great opportunity to get involved in football with her daughter.
“The more we can get out here, especially as mums running around and even some of the high school to uni-aged girls, it just really gives encouragement to our girls to keep at it and not give up,” Barlow said.
FQ would like to thank the clubs who hosted the Yeh The Girls Gala events across the state.