The girls team have reached the Area Finals for the third time in the last four years.
Each of the 72 Football League clubs must organise their own schools U13 Girls competition with the winning school going on to represent their local football team at the Area, Regional and National final should they progress.
In a repeat of last year’s local competition final, Chingford Foundation beat their perennial rivals Highams Park 2-1 in a close fought match played at the Goals football centre in Chingford.
A total of 11 schools took part in the knock out tournament over two evenings with a high level of ability on show. Tina Simpson, a teacher at Holy Family in Walthamstow and Waltham Forest Girls League organiser said, “It’s been great. The girls really like the added incentive of the competition”, and Trudi Culverhouse, Head of Girls at the winning school commented, “We are so happy. To have the chance of playing at Wembley once again is fantastic. The prize is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’ll learn from last season. We were so close to reaching the area final last year and we are determined to go one better this time around”.
The next stage will take place in January when the girls will travel to Canvey Island for the Area Finals hosted by Southend United. Progression there would mean entry into the Regional Finals and one step away from a Wembley appearance and the ultimate game against a northern region school played prior to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
Howard Gould, Leyton Orient Community Liaison Officer said, “The Girls Cup, and equivalent Kids Cup for boys, is more than just a football tournament due to the tremendous prize that awaits the eventual finalists – playing at Wembley Stadium! And I’m happy that Chingford Foundation will once again be our representatives as they were so unlucky last year, losing out to a last minute goal in their area semi-final to the school representing Gillingham who actually then went on to reach the final at the regional stage.
“I know Trudi will have the girls working hard in training and the experience of last year will be invaluable in their quest to progress. They, along with Highams Park, will be welcome guests at the O’s upcoming fixture against Peterborough where they will be re-presented with their winner’s trophy and be our pre-match flag bearers. I’d also like to thank all the schools that took part, namely:- Buxton, Frederick Bremer, Holy Family, Kelmscott, Lammas, Leytonstone, Rushcroft, Stoke Newington and Walthamstow School for Girls”.