THE STRATFORD School girls’ year 10 and 11 football team have made history by reaching the English Schools’ Football Association national final for the second time.
The year 10 and 11 girls will head to the prestigious national championships for a second time on May 1, having won the title as a year 7 and 8 team three years ago.
It has been a long road to get to this point and they have performed excellently throughout their campaign, winning numerous games on their way to the semi-finals – 8-0, 10-0, 7-4, 5-1 and finally 4-1 in the quarter-finals held in Kent against Erith School.
Despite their long journey for their last eight clash, the Stratford girls were obviously no worse for wear from the travelling as they won the match in convincing fashion.
The semi-finals were on home turf at Stratford Town’s DCS Stadium and, despite the cold, there was a good turnout of supporters to cheer them on.
Their opponents were All Hallows School from Aldershot who played brilliantly and took the lead, but the Stratford girls were unfazed and recovered to win 3-2.
This means they have made the momentous achievement of getting to the ESFA Final for a second time and were very excited to hear it will be played at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s home on May 1.
The team are awaiting confirmation of their opponents as the other semi-final has yet to be played, but they are preparing themselves for a tough contest.
The English Schools’ Football Association is the national governing body for school and college football. It attracts over 850 entrants to many of its competitions, making it one of the biggest competitions in Europe.
The Stratford team features players who have already had great independent success, including England player Mollie Rouse who plays for Aston Villa U17s and Lauren Jones who plays for Birmingham City U17s.
As a squad they have won more than 20 trophies, including ten County Cups, three regional competitions and the ESFA title, which represents the first win in the event in both the school and the county’s history.
The team comprises Wiktoria Rutkowska, Kinga Tomaszekska, Megan Revitt, Evie Barons, Mollie Rouse, Naomi Jones, Ellen Bladen-Williams, Sophie Adams, Hana Adler, Charlotte Leedham, Lauren Jones, Andrada Georgescu and Chloe Kennard.