Malvern St James Girls’ School overcame rain and the bitter cold to become English Schools Football Association Under 11 Girls’ County Champions after winning the Worcestershire tournament held at South Bromsgrove High School last Tuesday (13 February).
The girls of Malvern St James qualified for the event as Malvern District champions and were pitted against representatives from the other Worcestershire districts (Worcester – Claines Primary; Wyre Forest – Sutton Park Primary; Redditch – Walkwood Middle; Bromsgrove – Parkside Middle) in a league-based competition.
Malvern St James had won their district competition (an event in which the Malvern St James ‘B’ team finished in third place) unbeaten and without conceding a goal. They repeated that feat on Tuesday, a series of results that saw them crowned county champions at the end of the afternoon.
Ian Fry, Prep teacher and teacher in charge of football at Malvern St James, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for our girls. They have worked so hard and thoroughly deserved their success at the district competition. The quality of the opposition was obviously higher at the county event, but the girls again deservedly came out on top. To represent Worcestershire at the Midlands Regional Finals is a huge honour and will be a fantastic challenge for us and a great experience for the girls. The progress the girls have made since the beginning of the year has been phenomenal. There is certainly work to be done on improving further before the regional competition, but I know the girls will be up for the challenge. I could not be more proud of all my team.”
Malvern St James will now go on to represent Worcestershire at the ESFA Midlands Regional Finals on Saturday 28 April 2018 at Nottingham University’s Riverside Sports Ground.