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6 November 2017

The EFL Kids and Girls Cup offers children a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley.

  • St John Fisher beat St Peter's High School in the final.
  • The regional final will be held at Fleetwood in January 2018.
  • EFL Kids and Girls Cup is one of the country's largest national football competitions.

Girls from St John Fisher High School will represent Wigan Athletic in the regional final of the EFL Girls Cup tournament after winning the club heat on Friday afternoon.

Over 130 girls from 11 schools in Wigan took part in the event at Wigan Soccerdome, which saw St John Fisher beat St Peter’s High School in the final.

The EFL Kids and Girls Cup is a national tournament for junior footballers which offers children the once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium. It is one of the country’s largest national football competitions, and culminates in three finals across the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off weekend in May.

The club have taken part in the EFL Kids and Girls Cup for the past four years, and the competition aims to inspire children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork.

Gareth Nolan, Schools Services Manager at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The number of girls who competed in the tournament was so encouraging and it was fantastic to see them all enjoying themselves and vying to represent their local club at the regional finals.

He added: “We thank all schools who took part in the event and now look forward to the regional final at Fleetwood in January and wish St John Fisher all the best.”

Meanwhile, the Community Trust have recently appointed Hannah Hipkin-Steele to the position of Sports Engagement Officer with a particular focus on women and girls football.

Hannah joins the Trust from Manchester City where she spent nine years, and hopes her experience will help to further improve footballing opportunities for females in Wigan.

She said: “I’ve got lots of experience of working in primary and secondary schools and have delivered the Premier League’s girls football programme for a number of years.

“There’s a lot of scope to go far with women and girls football in this area and I’m hoping to develop links with Wigan Athletic Ladies F.C.

“I want to play a big part in growing the game across the whole borough and aim to set up a lot of player development centres to gives girls in the area a pathway to develop and succeed.”

For more information about women and girls football, please contact Hannah Hipkin-Steele on 01942 318090 or email

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