St Mary’s win Wigan Athletic heats of Football League Girl’s Cup.
- St Mary’s, Astley, to represent Wigan Athletic in Football League Girls Cup.
- Development Squad’s Adrian Purzycki and Louis Robles help referee matches.
- Wigan Athletic Ladies and England Women players attend competition.
A team of female footballers from St Mary’s High School, Astley, will represent Wigan Athletic in the Football League Girl’s Cup for the second year in a row, after winning the Latics heats of the competition last Friday.
The Girl’s Cup is an annual competition organised by the Football League, which sees schoolgirls’ football teams representing Football League clubs across the country, with the final of the competition being played at Wembley Stadium, ahead of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
The St Mary’s girls joined teams from 17 other Wigan schools at the tournament, beating St Peter’s 5-0 in the final match to win the tournament and the chance to represent Wigan Athletic in the North West finals of the competition.
This will be the second year in a row that footballers from St Mary’s High School will represent Wigan Athletic in the competition, with last year’s team making it to the Northern final, being knocked out by overall runners up, Hartlepool United.
The girls said: “Playing in the competition has been amazing and we’re really looking forward to the next round. It’s great for girls to have the chance to play football in tournaments as big as this.”
England Women’s Under 16s goalkeeper, Jenny Myler, was there to present the winning team with their trophy, saying: “It’s fantastic to see so many girls playing in the competition and getting involved with girl’s football.
“As a player for my country I want to help make a difference to communities and coming to see and talk to all of the girls taking part in this competition is a chance to hopefully inspire some female footballers.”
Adrian Purzycki and Louis Robles of Wigan Athletic’s Development Squad made it to the competition too, helping to referee the quarter finals.
Adrian said: “It’s been a great event that obviously helps to bring the community together. The chance to play at Wembley is a fantastic opportunity for the girls and me and Louis wish them the best of luck in the competition – it would be brilliant to see Wigan Athletic at Wembley again!”
The rest of the competition was refereed by four players from Wigan Athletic Ladies, who volunteered their day to help show support for the competition and the Community Trust’s Girls’ Football programme.
The competition was organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s first year student coaches, who are studying Community Football Coaching and Development with the University of South Wales.
To find out more about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Girls Football programme, contact Steph Greensill, project co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.