The Year 8 girls football team from Chingford Foundation School enjoyed a day out from their studies last month when they participated in the Area Finals of the Kinder+Sport Football League’s Girls Cup representing Leyton Orient.
Hosted by Southend United at the Waterside Farm Sports Centre, Canvey Island, the girls had to face schools representing seven other football league clubs in a league format, the top team going onto to Regional Finals and a further opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium in the Girls Cup final played prior to the JPT Final on March 22nd.
With the standard improving each year, there were some outstanding individual performances throughout the competition but eventual winners, Southend United, deservedly went through being the only team to remain undefeated.
“It was competitive and really tiring, but the girls have had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” said the schools head of PE Trudi Culverhouse. “Lots of the teams were evenly matched but one or two player’s stood out and made the difference. Southend were definitely the strongest team and we wish them good luck in the next round.”
And Howard Gould, Club Liaison Officer, commented, “The girls attitude was excellent throughout on what was a chilly and windy day. To play 14 games was extremely tiring especially when injuries occur but they went into every game with optimism and a smile and represented the O’s immaculately.”
For Chingford Foundation, this was their third appearance at this stage of the Girls Cup and Trudi added with a grin, “We’re proud of our achievements, getting through the local tournament and representing Orient, and we’ll look to do the same again next year. I’m determined to go one better so will be hard at work with the current Year 7’s as soon as I get back!”
The girls were guests of the club at a recent home game and are seen in the photo proudly holding their Football League Girls Cup pennants. So it’s a well done to Alima Ali, Taylor Fitzpatrick, Beth Chambers, Anna O’Connell, Charley Button, Asha Stobbart, Alice Winspear and Amberleigh Webb.
Next up is the boy’s equivalent, the Kids Cup, with Chingford school Yardley Primary travelling to Swindon in March to take on their counterparts in the hope that they can emulate last year’s winners Chase Lane, also from Chingford, who went all the way and beat Nottingham Primary school 1-0 in a close fought match prior to the League One Play-Off final. News on their venture in the coming weeks.