Action from the first girls football festival between King’s Lynn Academy and Springwood.Picture: IAN BURT.

FOOTBALL: The growing profile of women’s football is seeing the previously minority sport gaining huge popularity.

The summer’s Women’s World Cup in France and recent mammoth crowd at Wembley for England Lionesses match against Germany shows the massive increase in its profile.

That interest is flowing down through to grassroots level with record numbers of girls teams being formed and schools actively promoting the sport.

West Norfolk is keen to keep pace with the rest of the country and a recent girls festival proved successful with about 70 Year 7 and 8 pupils in action. 

Two more are planned with an increase in the number of schools participating on March 16 and June 29.

Organiser Alex Walpole is keen to get support from the local community to give the girls a boost and said: “It would be great if we could cover the schools’ entry fees but it needs a company or business to come up with £215.”

For that, the sponsor would receive exposure through several West Norfolk via their social media accounts and a chance to present the winning team with a trophy.

“It would really help promote and support girls football in West Norfolk,” added Mr Walpole, who can be contacted via email at alex.walpole@kla.