After two weeks of intense football action, the Year 8’s girls’ team from Chingford Foundation School were crowned winners of the first stage of the Football League Girls Cup competition on Thursday evening.
The girls will now go on to represent Leyton Orient in this prestigious tournament with the ultimate prize; an appearance at Wembley Stadium!
Every league club across the country has to host its own local competition to find a school representative who will then compete in Area Finals and then to Regional Finals which will determine two teams, one from the north of England and one from the south, who will battle it out on the hallowed Wembley turf prior to the League One Play-Off final in March.
Hosted at the ‘Goals’ football centre in Chingford over two Thursday evenings, Chingford Foundation prevailed 1-0 over last seasons representatives Highams Park in a tense final and will now travel to Southend United in January in an effort to move into the regional finals.
In a 16 team competition that included schools from all over the borough, this will be Chingford’s second appearance in the Girls Cup having been the club’s representatives two seasons ago but just failing to reach the regional finals.
Head of PE Trudi Culverhouse said, “We hope to go one better this time around. It’s a fantastic experience for the girls and a great opportunity for the school. We will certainly do our best to go through and are really looking forward to representing Leyton Orient. We knew it would be a tough game against Highams Park as they won this competition last year but we’re so pleased to have gone through.”
All the girls who took part received Football League certificates whilst the winners and runners up also received pennants and medals whilst Chingford also took home a winners cup.
“It’s a great tournament with a superb prize,” commented Howard Gould, Leyton Orient Development Coach, “and I think I get as much of a buzz out of it as the girls! Can you imagine playing at Wembley? What a story to tell! We have invited them to the next O’s game so that they can be presented to the crowd and show off their trophy. It will be a huge challenge to reach the ultimate final but we’re with them all the way.”