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Girls' football tournament begins
« on: April 06, 2007, 02:35:18 PM »
More than 600 girls will kick-off one of the UK's biggest female football tournaments on Good Friday.
The South Powys Girls Easter Tournament will see 54 teams from Wales and England battling it out in Brecon.

The number of teams entering the event is nearly double what it was when the competition started in 2000.

A 2005 survey by the Women's Sports Foundation found one in three girls chose football as their favourite sport.

Jay Probert, of competition organisers Powys Council, said: "There were 42 teams last year, but there's 54 this year - nearly double the number when we started in 2000.

"We've seen a growth in the numbers of girls playing football and it seems it's one of the UK's fastest-growing sports."

He added that teams aged nine to 16 - from across Wales and two from Herefordshire - would battle it out for the competition's trophy.

Huw Evans, manager of one of five teams entering the competition from north Ceredigion, said: "Our under nine team won the competition last year, while the under 13s were runners-up in their age category.

"Over the last two to three years there seems to have been a growth in the number of girls wanting to play football."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/6529853.stm