More than 120 girls from 15 schools took part in the English Football League Trust’s girls’ cup. Organised by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the tournament aimed to raise awareness of girls’ football and encourage more girls to play the sport. After a series of highly competitive matches, Drayton Manor School in Ealing was crowned winners of the exciting tournament.
And the pupils also received a surprise visit from Brentford’s B Team players Jonny Mitchell and Matej Majka. The youngsters quizzed the players on how they got involved with football and what it was like to be a professional footballer.
Roxy, a year seven pupil at Bolder Academy in Isleworth, said: “For me, the biggest thing I will takeaway is that you shouldn’t give up. During the first two games we were struggling but then we came back in the game and it made the match worthwhile.”
Resilience was certainly a theme during the tournament. Rosie Gardner, a P.E teacher from Uxbridge High School, spoke about the impact of the tournament on the pupils’ personal development.
She said: “Tournaments like this increase the pupils’ confidence – giving them the opportunity to understand what it’s like to be part of a football team and be a female athlete. By playing football, they can increase their confidence and self-belief in themselves.”
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