A representative team of girls from Bolsover District emerged victorious in an ESFA Regional tournament on Saturday last, at St Graves Park, Sheffield.
The Under 11 girls, spearheaded by Captain Jess Rich, played two rounds of matches against Chesterfield, Gainsborough and District, and South Derbyshire. Without their usual goalkeeper, the girls managed to draw level at the top of the table with South Derbyshire, and did not concede any goals! A penalty shoot-out saw Bolsover win 2-1, and sparked off memorable celebrations.
Their victory has qualified them to go forward to the Premier League’s U11 National Finals on Saturday 9th June at Liverpool FC’s training academy.
Team Manager Clare Hayes, who is the School Games Organiser for the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership, commented, ‘I am so proud of the girls. Their attitude to training left me feeling confident before the tournament but they really surpassed themselves and can look forward to a great day out in Liverpool in a few weeks time. I would like to thank Shane Turner for supporting me in getting the girls this far.’
Bolsover District School Sport Partnership have received funding in the form of a bursary from the English Schools’ FA for the third consecutive season from the English Schools’ FA to run representative teams in both U11 girls and boys.
The School Sport Partnership have received a bursary to support them with transport to Liverpool, and will be hiring a bus for all the players and supporters.