Sarah ‘Marty’ Martin from Newhaven Women added: “Women’s football is my life, be it a Rec Festival, walking or running football game.
“It’s always a great atmosphere here and you soon start recognising players from different teams and you soon form friendships with so many different people.
“As for the event being held on Sussex Day, I’m born and bred Sussex, with my family still running a farm in the county, so the day means a great deal,” said Marty.
Carol Bates of Crawley Old Girls (COGS) said: “When we first started the Rec events in 2017 there were only a few teams playing, so to see how it’s grown now, six years on, with all these new teams and women playing, is just fantastic.
“This is one of our favourite festivals, because it’s the perfect introduction for women who’ve never played before. No scores are kept, everyone is here to enjoy themselves, it’s brilliantly run, so it’s perfect for them.
“As we’re getting more and more women getting into recreational football, we’re also now starting to get younger women taking part, which is also just great to see.
“And the fact we can hold today’s event on Sussex Day is a brilliant coincidence, along with the fact that the sun is shining down on us for a change!”
Finally, our Development Officer, Ayscha Woods had this to say on the event: “Our final women’s recreational football festival of the season proved to be a perfect celebration of the county, and an excellent showcase of our brilliant women’s rec teams.
“It was great seeing the women of Sussex coming together, playing the beautiful game, and enjoying the Sussex themed music throughout the night.
“Our women’s rec festivals are always a great inclusive event, in which we see teams coming back time and time again. We love seeing our women leave with a smile on their face, and we are looking forward to the future bringing more opportunities for women’s football.”
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
For more information on women’s football in Sussex contact:
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