To mark International Women’s Day, The Football League has revealed that for the second successive year a record number of girls have taken part in our prestigious Girls Cup competition.
Teams representing Shrewsbury Town and Cambridge United are now set to play the final on the prestigious Wembley pitch next month.
This year 6,288 girls have taken part in the competition, an increase of more than 200 girls from last year, which in turn was over 1,000 more than the previous record and an increase in of over 23% in the last two years.
The tournament, for girls aged Under 13 and sponsored by Kinder+Sport, is organised on behalf of The Football League by The Football League Trust, and has a unique format. It sees each of the 72 Football League clubs host their own competition for local schools in order to find a school team to represent them.
Following Area, and then Regional Final stages, the Girls Cup culminates in a National Final that gives a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley before the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final in April.
Shrewsbury Town, represented by Thomas Telford School, booked their place at Wembley after beating sides representing Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Middlesbrough in the North Regional Final. Cambridge United, represented by Botisham Village College, will face them at Wembley after defeating Brentford, Cambridge United and Millwall in the South Regional Final.
The continued growth of the Kinder+Sport Football League Girls Cup is just one element of the work being done through The Football League Trust to help grow the female game across the age groups.
Mike Evans, Director of Operations for The Football League Trust, commented: “Following on from the Lionesses success at the World Cup, there is a real buzz about women’s and girl’s football. Our Female Football Development programme has successfully attracted over 30,000 Women and Girls aged 14-28 into football in the last two years. These strengthened connections between schools and their local club has meant another record breaking year in the Kinder+Sport Girl’s Cup.
“We have more girls on the road to Wembley, meaning they have a once-in-a-lifetime experience within their grasp. However, perhaps the most important outcome is that the competition is encouraging so many girls to be active at an early age.”
Well done to all the girls who have taken part in the competition this year, and congratulations to all the teams who won their local stage competition to represent their local Football League club.
The full list of winning school teams are as follows:
|CLUB||LOCAL WINNING SCHOOL|
|Accrington Stanley||Bacup & Rawtenstall|
|AFC Wimbledon||Cheam High|
|Blackburn Rovers||Greenbank High School|
|Blackpool||Lytham Saint Annes|
|Bolton Wanderers||Canon Slade|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Millais|
|Bristol City||St Katherines A|
|Bristol Rovers||Abbetwood Community|
|Burton Albion||De Ferrers High School|
|Bury||Bury Cof E|
|Cambridge United||Bottisham VC|
|Cardiff City||Y Pant Comprehensive|
|Carlisle United||William Howard|
|Charlton Athletic||St Ursulas|
|Colchester United||Tendering Tech college|
|Coventry City||Stratford High|
|Crewe Alexandra||Sandcach High|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Eastbury Community Sch|
|Derby County||Kirk Hallam|
|Doncaster Rovers||The Hayfield School|
|Exeter City||Dawlish Community|
|Fleetwood Town||Fleetwood High School|
|Fulham||Magna Carter School|
|Hartlepool United||St Bedes|
|Huddersfield Town||Royds Hall High School|
|Hull City||South Hunsley|
|Ipswich Town||Kesgrave High School|
|Leeds United||Rossett HS|
|Leyton Orient||Stoke Newington School|
|Luton Town||Challney Girls|
|Mansfield Town||Shirebrook Academy|
|Millwall||Harris Academy Falconwood|
|Milton Keynes Dons||Walton High|
|Morecambe||Ripley St Thomas C.E Academy|
|Newport County||Newport High School|
|Northampton Town||Caroline Chisholm|
|Nottingham Forest||Christ the King|
|Notts County||Rushcliffe School|
|Oxford United||Oxford high team A|
|Peterborough United||Arthur MellowsVvillage College|
|Plymouth Argyle||Bodmin Community|
|Port Vale||St Margret Ward Academy|
|Preston North End||St Cecilia's|
|Reading||Cox Green School|
|Rochdale||Cardinal Langley RC|
|Rotherham United||Oakwood High School|
|Sheffield United||Bradfield secoundary|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Nore Dame B|
|Shrewsbury Town||Thomas Telford|
|Southend United||Cornelius Vermuyden|
|Swindon Town||John Bentley School|
|Walsall||Cardinal Griffin Catholic College|
|Wigan Athletic||St Marys CHS|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Our Lady St Chads|
|Wycombe Wanderers||Chesham Grammer|
|Yeovil Town||Holyrood Academy|
|York City||Archbishop Holgate School|