Mansfield Town Football in the Community have found the school who will represent them in the newly named EFL Utilita Energy Girls Cup for the 2019-20 season, with last season’s club champion Joseph Whitaker successfully defending their title.
Consisting of the same side who competed at last year’s competition, the now year eight aged girls, showed no mercy in seeing off competition from five other teams – securing the right to represent the Stags for a second successive season with four victories from five matches.
The girls, who are competing in the competition for the final time due to their age, narrowly lost out on reaching the Regional Final last season, beaten 2-0 by Derby County in the final match of the Area Final – held at Nottingham Forest.
This seasons competition, hosted at the RH Academy, saw all teams play each other once in a winner takes all league – with Joseph Whitaker Yellow again progressing to the next stage of the competition – taking place in Doncaster in early January, which should the girls win, would see them progress to the regional final, one stage from playing at Wembley Stadium prior to the Leasing.com Trophy Final.
Amy Page, PL Kicks Coordinator and Female Inclusion Officer said “I was delighted with the turnout and the quality of football on show – what’s brilliant is seeing faces who attended our recent Girls United days and them telling us they’re in the school team because of how much they enjoyed our activities.
“That’s the kind of reaction we want, I remember when I was their age attending footballing activities and being the only girl, that can be really daunting especially for teenagers which is why through our PL Kicks sessions and holiday clubs, we’ll be placing a big emphasis on the enjoyment of football – so girls can attend tournaments such as this and enjoy all the accolades that comes with it.
“Joseph Whitaker certainly didn’t have it easy, the tournament went right down to the wire and all of the participants can be extremely proud of their efforts – I look forwards to watching Joseph Whitaker’s progress, we’re all determined to go one step further this time”
Community Manager Gary Shaw added “Many congratulations to last season’s club champions Joseph Whitaker in retaining their crown, who last season as year seven students played against and equalled lots of girls from year eight in the Area final – I genuinely think they’ll remember that experience and having spent more time as a squad, will be right in the mixer.
“The competition as a whole was a real success and I’d like to congratulate all the girls on battling horrendous rain to produce a really competitive tournament – well done all.” Shaw added.