Female footballers compete in Erewash School Sport Partnership tournaments to promote Girls’ football week

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Young female football stars of the future competed in two tournaments run by Erewash School Sport Partnership during the Football Association’s Girls’ Football Week.

Shardlow Primary and two teams from Hallam Fields Junior School took part in the North Schools girls’ football competition at Kirk Hallam Community Academy – the Hallam Fields’ Pink team were the winners with Hallam Fields’ Lime Team in second place.

The South Schools girls’ football competition saw Chaucer Junior, Dovedale Primary, Cloudside Junior, Ashbrook Junior and Sawley Junior compete at Friesland School in Sandiacre.

Chaucer Junior were the overall winners closely followed in second place by Sawley Junior and the Fair Play award went to Ashbrook Junior.

Erewash School Sport Partnership organised the two tournaments to tie in with a drive by the Football Association to promote girls’ football nationally.

Girls’ Football Week runs from October 5th to 11th with the aim of encouraging more educational institutions to run female-specific football sessions.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said: “These were two great tournaments which really showcased the footballing talent that there is among the young girls in Erewash.

“Women’s football is the largest female team sport in the country and the third largest team sport after men’s football and cricket so it was a great opportunity to get our girls involved.

“We have run tournaments like this before but this is the most competitors we have ever had.

“Everyone had a fantastic time and we would like to thank everyone who took part and the staff who supported them.”

Caroline Bateman, a teacher at Hallam Fields School, said she was impressed with the talent on display.

She said: “We saw great levels of respectful competitiveness and I fully expect to see some of these girls in the England team in years to come.”

Evie Smith, a pupil at Shardlow Primary School, said it was good to try something a bit different.

She said: “It’s good to have a change from ballet to football and it was great to play in a team.