So, how do writers spend their Saturdays? Well, this one spent Saturday in Peterborough at Netherton United FCs super ground selling Girls FC books at one of the FA’s Girls’ Football Festivals. The FA is running events like this up and down the country, aimed at bringing grassroots teams together to develop the women’s game. This particular one was organised jointly by Northants and Hunts FAs, who kindly gave me permission to come along and promote my books.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, and my book stall didn’t stand up well in the breeze, which made short shrift of my boards and flimsy quotation cards by knocking them over every two seconds. If I do anything like this again I know I need to get weights to hold things down, and bolder, more sturdy publicity material.
The teasing wind didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the day, though. I’m always at home surrounded by anything football related so chatting to parents and girls participating in the festival, as well as meeting the organisers, who all went out of their way to help me and make me feel welcome, was no hardship. I met two Arsenal Ladies and England stars, too – Ellen White in the morning and Jordan Nobbs in the afternoon. Wahoo!
Berry Bear was impressed with my books
Football Development Officer Kathryn Hall (left)
Seen here with Jordan Nobbs, Berry Bear and Leah Davis
I love this shot of me with Jordan Nobbs. She was so lovely – mixing with all the girls,
posing patiently for numerous photographs and joining in with all the activities
the sponsors provided. I gave her a signed copy of Here Come the Girls! I hope she
enjoys it. I’ll be rooting for her when I watch England.
What do you do when you’re waiting for your next match?
You have your face painted, obviously.
Ramsey Colts posing for me in the club house.
Ellen White signing programmes for fans
I sign books – Jordan Nobbs signs boots!
Broadcaster for BBC Radio Leeds Dave Callaghan
was unflappable as MC for the day. He’s also my hero
for mentioning my books so often between announcements.
A huge thanks again to everyone for letting me join in the fun, especially Kathryn Hall and Polly Fildes from Northants FA and the marketing person from Continental Tyres – whose name I have rudely forgotten – for inviting me over to the prime spot near the FAWSL trailer in the afternoon. Many thanks also to everyone who took one of my flyers home or bought a book; I hope you enjoy reading about football as well as playing it.
PS: Hot off the press – here’s a video of the whole event: http://youtu.be/xT9W1mH7wbg with a quick flash of my books included