On Thursday 30th November, when the temperature dropped below freezing and with snow predicted, the temperature on the pitch certainly heated up as Football in the Community hosted their local EFL Girl’s Cup tournament at Gresham Sports Park. Schools from across the county including West Bridgford, Alderman White, The Kimberley School, The Bramcote School, Rushcliffe School, Farnborough Academy and Nottingham Free School battled it out to represent Notts County in the further rounds of the competition. Firstly will they play at the Area Finals, then hopefully the Regional stage before the Grand Final at the home of English football, Wembley Stadium.
A six-a-side tournament for girls aged 13 and under, The EFL Girls Cup encourages girls in early secondary school education to hone their footballing talents or test their sporting skills in a new discipline. With the chance of Wembley glory on the horizon, each of the 72 EFL clubs, including Notts County FITC, organise local competitions for local schools vying for the chance to grace the Wembley turf.
As the day’s tournament drew to a close, West Bridgford took on Rushcliffe School for the chance to take home the winners pennant and progress to the next round of the cup. Early pressure from the determined Rushcliffe School was to no avail as the West Bridgford defence stood defiant. With time on the clock, a long range effort was riffled beyond the fingertips of the Rushcliffe goalkeeper. Shortly after the restart, a disorientated Rushcliffe defence was again ruing their missed opportunities as West Bridgford sealed their place in the next round.
James Lake, Activity Support Manager at FITC was excited for the girls from West Bridgford: “These girls have a fantastic opportunity to go all the way in this competition. The girls would admit that the route to the final was a difficult one, including a sudden-death penalty shoot-out, but they’ve shown tremendous grit and determination and everyone at FITC would like to say well done and good luck in the next round!”
If your school is interested in working with FITC across many of our education projects or you would like to register your interest in participating in our EFL Girls Cup next year, please contact James Lake: 0115 955 7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.