West Bridgford claim Nottinghamshire Utilita Girls’ Cup
Over 100 girls recently played in the Nottinghamshire round of the Utilita Girls’ Cup tournament at The Forest Sports Zone. The competition saw 13 teams from 11 schools battle it out in a series of six-a-side matches to see which school will go onto the next round for a chance to play at Wembley.
The Utilita Girls Cup is a six-a-side competition for year 8 (under 13) girls that leads up to a grand finale at Wembley Stadium. The event at The Forest Sports Zone was the beginning of the road to the final as Nottingham Forest Community Trust (NFCT) organised the Nottinghamshire competition for schools wishing to take part.
The Forest Sports Zone is no stranger to hosting large scale school tournaments and NFCT were thrilled to welcome so many young girls to the event. With players, teachers and coaching staff full of enthusiasm, the round of matches kicked off with 10 minute games with the best four teams reaching the semi-finals.
Once the semi-finals were confirmed, Rushliffe School were up against West Bridgford School to see which NG2 school would come out on top, while Emmanuel School faced a tough encounter with Redhill Academy.
Incredibly, both contests resulted in nerve-racking penalty shootout and after many spot kicks, West Bridgford and Emmanuel were the ones to progress to the final.
The final showcased some quality football skills and tremendous goalkeeping from the young Emmanuel keeper. Yet again though, the final had to be decided from the penalty spot with both teams concluding a great afternoon with a shootout.
West Bridgford just managed to hold their nerve and pipped the very unfortunate Emmanuel School to the post.
Regardless of the result, West Bridgford, Emmanuel and all teams involved should be proud and can all hold their heads up high.
Tom Norton, NFCT programmes coordinator said, “It’s great to have so many girls here from across the city take part which gives them a platform to show their skills.”
Tom continued, “We’ve got our RTC scouts here today and they’re keen to see up-and-coming individuals who could move onto the RTC programme.”
Also in attendance was Nottingham Forest Women FC player Summa Betts who said, “I remember when I was at school playing and all I did was have fun. As you get older it gets more serious, so I encourage the girls here today to have as much fun as possible.”
West Bridgford School will now represent Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Forest in the North Area Finals, in a bid to reach the Regional Finals.
Following on from the Regional Finals, the two teams who are victorious in the North and South Regional Finals proceed to play at the Grand Final at Wembley in March.
Each year, over 6,000 girls are involved in the competition and is an outstanding way to encourage young girls to develop and nurture their football skills.
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