Females are being encouraged brace the winter temperatures and “Reclaim the Pitch” in a bid to develop woman’s football.

City of Football will host the event at Forest Sports Zone from 6-8pm tonight to mark the one year anniversary of the women’s only football night, which was launched by Notts County’s defender Laura Bassett last year.

The National Lottery-funded project hopes to encourage more 14-25 year olds to get more involved in football, with tonight’s event kicking off 2017.

Amanda Chambers, Managing Director of Nottingham City of Football said: “We have achieved exactly what we set out to do over the last two years with over 4000 football sessions delivered and over 2000 people have taken part in football in the city for the first time it has been an incredible success.”

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Females are encouraged to get involved in Women’s Football

As a result of the project, Nottingham has seen growth in the amount of females taking part in Women’s football, and with Notts County’s Ladies currently playing in the Women’s Super League, the project are hoping more women will be inspired to get involved.

“The growth of female football in the city has been a particular highlight, over 40 per cent of people who attended the activity sessions were females, and more women and girls are taking part in football throughout Nottingham than ever before.

Reclaim the Pitch hopes to welcome females from all ages.

The night is set to include a 16+ Female Football Fives Tournament, an Over 25s non-competitive Round Robin Tournament, and not forgetting, Women’s Walking Football, whilst those under 16 also encouraged to join in.

Joseph Hall, the Managing Director of Quantum Matrix Academy of Excellence, will also be attending the event to host a Footy Fit taster.

Ms Chambers said: “It’s a great way for females of all ages and abilities to get involved in football and we are delighted to be hosting this event one year on from the launch night.”

“It was a fantastic event last year and hopefully we will have lots of women and girls attending the evening this time around.”

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Women from all backgrounds are encouraged to participate

In its third year, Nottingham’s City of Football hopes to see further engagement into the programme, with over 39% of participants coming from Black, Asian or ethnic minority in the city.

Ms Chambers said: “More and more people, from many different backgrounds, are now finding their football locally and we are proud to not only have played our part in that, but also to remain as the only City of Football in this country.”

For those interested in getting involved, visit http://www.city-of-football.uk/ or contact katie@city-of-football.co.uk.