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Women’s Festival Cup kicks off Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 @ National Stadium

- Men’s Festival Cup starts Saturday August 1, 2020 on Virgin Gorda
The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) is promising an August holiday weekend full of women's football, ‘Festival Style’, at its National Stadium venue in East End/Long Look from August 1 to August 4, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Although the Men’s Festival Cup kicks the action off on Saturday August 1, 2020, full attention will be on the Women’s Festival Cup, scheduled for Sunday August 2, 2020, as newly appointed Head Coach Wayne Phillips and Anna French look to revitalise and showcase women's football within the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
Although the Men’s Festival Cup kicks the action off on Saturday August 1, 2020, full attention will be on the Women’s Festival Cup, scheduled for Sunday August 2, 2020, as newly appointed Head Coach Wayne Phillips and Anna French look to revitalise and showcase women's football within the Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
EAST END, Tortola VI- The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) is promising an August holiday weekend full of football, ‘Festival Style’, at its National Stadium venue in East End/Long Look from August 1 to August 4, 2020.

Although the Men’s Festival Cup kicks the action off on Saturday August 1, 2020, full attention will be on the Women’s Festival Cup, scheduled for Sunday August 2, 2020, as newly appointed Head Coach Wayne Phillips and Anna French look to revitalise and showcase women's football within the Virgin Islands.

According to French “The goal of the event is to revitalise and showcase women's football within the BVI, identify and recruit talented players for the national programme, and boost excitement for the upcoming women's club competition.”

The Women’s Festival Cup will be run as a one-day round robin-style five-a-side tournament featuring 4 teams that will be drafted by national coaches on the morning of the event. Check-in and warmups will begin from 11:30am with the first matches kicking off at 1:00pm.

Round-robin games of 20 minutes (10 minutes each half) will be played throughout the day and the final match kick-off is at 3:30pm.  

Players of all skill levels are highly encouraged to attend and participate. Supporters are welcomed but please note that social distancing measures will be enforced.

Strategic plans

Lorrelle Walters-Abrams is the BVIFA Executive Member responsible for Women’s football and she noted, “One of the BVIFA’s strategic plans is develop and promote Women’s football in the Territory and get the Clubs more actively involved. The importance of Women’s football is not only recognisable, but it can also bring positive change and impact the Territory, knowing we are a small country in comparison to our Caribbean neighbours, it is important to our wellbeing both physically and mentally.

“With the support of the BVIFA executive body and technical staff along with strong leadership of Technical Director, Dan Neville, we will achieve our goals," Walters-Abrams said.

Women’s National League

“We are all really looking forward to the 2nd August when we host the ‘Women’s festival Cup,“ noted Neville.

“I’m delighted with the growth of the women’s programme over the last 12 months, Wayne and Anna have grown the numbers week on week and Lorrelle has played a key part in the programme in terms of energy and ideas.”

Neville added that the BVIFA is also in advanced preparations and talks with the National League clubs to get a Women’s National League started in September.

Men’s Festival Cup fixtures

There is also a Men’s Festival Cup over the weekend, with games scheduled for East End/Long Look as well as Virgin Gorda on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

In the first round, the Wolues will face Lion Heart, at the National Stadium in East End/Long Look from 4:00pm whilst over on Virgin Gorda, the Panthers are up against the Rebels at 6:00pm and then the Islanders take on the Sugar Boys at 8:00pm.

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