Great Turn Out for Women Against Domestic Abuse Cup

A number of female footballers from across Merseyside laced up their boots to take part in the Women Against Domestic Abuse Cup, which was held at...
On a hot, sunny day in Liverpool, the event also coincided with Girls’ Football Week, which this year is merging to form a celebration of England’s Lionesses competing at the European Championships in the Netherlands.

A total of 14 five-a-side teams took part in the tournament, which aimed to raise awareness around domestic abuse. Stalls were on hand to offer support and advice on various issues, along with hair and beauty stalls and a range of food for all.

Many organisations from across the region were represented by teams playing in the competition, including Liverpool Homeless Football Club, Women’s Turnaround Centre, Local Solutions, Regenda Housing Group, colleges, grassroots football clubs and Stanley Park.

Come the end of the day, Liverpool Feds won the Higher Ability division, which consisted of five teams, whilst Tranmere Walking Football won the nine-team Lower Ability division.

Lynsey Barker works with female offenders at the Women’s Turnaround Centre in Kirkdale, which helps those on probation under the guidance of Merseyside Rehabilitation Company. At the end of the event, she said: “The whole day went really well and everyone involved enjoyed themselves. It was fantastic to see so many people getting into the spirit of the event – and we’re hoping there will be another tournament later this year.

Anna Farrell, Football Development Officer at Liverpool County FA, added: “Out of the four tournaments we’ve had – this was the best one!

“It was full of smiles, laughter, determination, enthusiasm, skill and camaraderie. Our goal was to show a different side to football and how it’s fun and great for fitness and making friends. We certainly surpassed this with many of the teams asking when the next tournament is – they enjoyed it that much.

“We’ll be back in October with the Women Stand Up to Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer football tournament – and we hope to see all of the girls back for that.”

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