GREENSIDE (Droylsden) Primary School girls have won the regional section of the Danone Under-11s' seven-a-side Schools' Cup for Girls to become the best school team in the North of England.
Every year around 3,000 primary schools compete in the U11 national tournaments which culminate with the Danone Nations Cup England final. The ultimate winning team represents England at the Danone Nations Cup World Final, an international football tournament involving 2.5 million children from 32 countries around the world. The tournament aims to bring Danone’s health mission to life by encouraging kids to enjoy an active lifestyle.
The Greenside girls’ travelled to St George’s Park in Sheffield on 17 March for the day-long tournament, facing several other primary schools from the north of England. They played a gruelling four matches in group stages before powering through to the semi-final and final rounds.
“On the day, the girls dominated possession of the ball throughout. The team collected more and more goals as they went along. A 1-0 win against Upton Primary and a massive 4-0 win against Greenhill Primary from South Yorkshire gave way to some intense final rounds. Greenside refused to bow to pressure during the penalty shootout in the final, and won 4-3.”
Just under two years ago, Greenside Primary School in Droylsden was approached by a coach at Droylsden Juniors Football Club with the hope of gathering enough players to set up a girls’ team. What the school and coaches from Droylsden didn’t know was that they would later represent the school and become regional winners for the north of England.
“The pupils at Greenside were encouraged to join in at Droylsden Juniors to see if they enjoyed playing the game. Since then the girls have shown excellent commitment towards the sport, training at school on a Thursday and Friday with coaches from Stockport County Community Foundation as well as weekly training sessions and matches for Droylsden Juniors. They have also taken part in numerous other football competitions, occasionally coming up against all boys’ teams.”
“With support and encouragement from parents, from the staff at Greenside Primary School, coaches at Droylsden Juniors and Stockport County Community Foundation, the girls have gone from strength to strength.”
The Greenside girls will be off to compete with the rest of the country’s best in the National Final at Stoke City FC Stadium on 20 May.
The full results of the day:
Greenside 1-1 Malvern Primary, Merseyside
Greenside 0-0 St. Patrick’s, West Yorkshire
Greenside 1-0 Upton Primary, Cheshire
Greenside 4-0 Greenhill Primary, South Yorkshire
Greenside 2-1 Easington Colliery, Durham
Greenside 0-0 Ponteland Community, Northumberland (Greenside won 4-3 on penalties)
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