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EFL Trust: Bristol City victorious in Kinder+Sport Girls Cup Final

2 April 2017

A goal either side of half-time saw Bristol City defeat Shrewsbury Town in the final of the Kinder+Sport Girls Cup at Wembley.

The match took place prior to kick-off in the Checkatrade Trophy Final, and it was Gordano School, representing the Robins, who made the first triumphant walk of the day up the Wembley steps.

The City youngsters got off to a flyer thanks to striker Emily Edwards, who broke free of the defence to nestle a fine effort into the bottom corner.

Shrewsbury created chances of their own, but couldn't find a way through before the half-time whistle.

In the second half, the Robins were forced to defend astutely and stood firm to the test before grabbing what proved to be the winner courtesy of Keira Howse.

That goal sealed victory for the girls from Gordano School, crowning Bristol City as the Kinder+Sport Girls Cup champions of 2017.

After the match, Gordano's Teacher of PE and coach of Year 8 girls football, Mr Yau, spoke of his appreciation for the tournament.

"It's a fantastic initiative to increase participation levels in girls football," he explained. "Kinder+Sport and the EFL do a great job of running this tournament.

"It wouldn't be possible, though, without the help of the local football community and Bristol City themselves - it's nice to get them some silverware!"

The teams

Shrewsbury Town - Represented by Thomas Telford School:
Anna Welch
Grace Blomfield
Anna Bebb
Freya Horler
Jada-Mia Lee
Harmoni Chilton
Courtney Castle
Sophie Phillips

Bristol City - represented by Gordano School:
Phoebe Delafaille
Keira Howse
Romia Nash
Emily Edwards
Katie Quick
Tilly Smale
Katherine Southern
Keiana Jones

The route to Wembley

More than 6,000 girls took part in the six-a-side competition which is organised by Kinder+Sport on behalf of the EFL and the EFL Trust, aiming to get children moving and promote active lifestyles.

Each of the 72 EFL clubs hosted a tournament for their local schools, with the winners earning the right to represent their club and wear their colours on the road to Wembley.

The winning representatives were then split into Northern and Southern sections, and the two regional winners - Bristol City and Shrewsbury Town - played at Wembley.

Representing City, was Gordano School, in what was their first entry into the Girls Cup. Wearing the blue and amber of Shrewsbury Town was Thomas Telford School. They were the reigning champions on their return to Wembley, and remained unbeaten en route to the final.  

About Kinder+Sport Girls Cup

Encouraging children to be physically active and embrace the joy of moving, the Kinder+Sport programme is designed to promote active lifestyles through dynamic play and sports among children and their families, and has reached more than 4.1 million children in 25 countries to date.

In the UK, Kinder+Sport includes a number of initiatives. The Kinder+Sport Move and Learn is a national, school-based education programme delivered in partnership with the EFL Trust that helps children learn about the importance of a balanced diet and regular physical activity. Over six weeks, children spend nine hours participating in a range of sports and learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Ferrero also partners with the EFL Trust to deliver the Kinder+Sport Futsal Cup for the under-16 age group which also encourages children to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Overall, in the academic year 2016/17, Kinder+Sport, together with the EFL Trust, will have reached more than 60,000 children, helping them to be more active and learn about the benefits of an active lifestyle.

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