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On Monday 2nd March, the squad of eight under 13’s girls from Bishop Challoner School football team left Tower Hamlets in a minibus at 7.45am to reach their destination of Swindon Town so that they could compete in the Area Final of the EFL Utilita Girls Cup.

This prestigious competition invites all EFL Clubs to host their own local tournaments to find a school representative that will ultimately lead to a grand final played at Wembley prior to one of the end-of season- finals, in this case, the final on April 5th.

The girls from BC had reached this stage by winning our own local tournament held at Douglas Eyre Centre in Walthamstow back in November 2019 and then also winning the Regional tournament played at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground in January.

Success over this final hurdle would mean a coveted appearance on the hallowed turf beneath the arch but alas, it was not to be.

Some well organised opposition and teamplay made it an enjoyable spectacle although maybe not a successful one to participate in for the girls representing Leyton Orient, but team manager Kayleigh Downey said afterwards: “It was a well organised tournament; the pupils had lots of fun and really enjoyed it. They learnt to work as a team and they really bonded well which was great to see. They were a bit upset by not winning the last round but they all said that this is going to make them train harder so they can be even better next year. I’d like to thank Leyton Orient for the opportunity and to Utilita and the EFL for the gift of new equipment. All greatly appreciated.”

 The squad were: Holly; Anisah; Chloe; Nell; Isabella; Jamila; Ani and Amaiyah.

 Some of their comments:

Nell – it was great fun and we were really excited to get to that point in the competition. Now we know what we are up against so we will train harder for next year.

Anne – It was really fun; I didn’t think we would get this far in the competition

Holly – They treated us like we won even though we didn’t.

 Leyton Orient will have another chance to be represented at Wembley when Aldersbrook School from Wanstead take part in the Kids Cup Area Final, again in Swindon, on Monday 9th March. We wish them the best of luck!