Footballing girls win through to national finals

Wynstream Primary School under-11 girls team Top row (left to right)- Faye Dixon, Hollie McKie and Tenesha Coles. Bottom row- (left to right)- Hayden Nichols, Anola Wills, Sophie Bishop & Tiana Harris

Posted on: 26 April 2019

An Exeter girls’ football team has qualified for a national finals competition.

Wynstream Primary School’s under-11 girls’ team has won through to the national grand Futsal finals and will take part in a weekend of competition at St George’s Park, the home of English football, on May 3.

Six years ago there was no girls team at Wynstream and very few female pupils took part in any form of football.

Now there is a thriving girls’ football club for Years 3 to 6 and many pupils play football every breaktime. And a number of teams regularly take part in competitions in both girls only and mixed football events.

For the last two years running, the Wynstream girls’ teams have become county champions in U-11 girls football as well as county champions in Futsal for the last three years in a row.

This year they won the regional finals before going on to win their group at the national U11 Futsal semi-finals in Birmingham and qualifying for the National Grand Finals at St George’s Park.

Head of PE, Jonny Holding, said: “This is the first time in recent years that a Wynstream sports team has reached a national final and is the pinnacle of what has been an excellent few years of sporting success at the school.

“And the impact doesn’t stop there, with many of the girls now playing regularly for either girls or mixed teams outside of school, including two of the current Futsal team, Faye Dixon and Sophie Bishop, recently joining Exeter City Academy.

“Their success will now provide what will be an unforgettable experience for the girls, who have worked extremely hard to get to where they are. They’ve done not only the school, but the whole community proud in their journey towards excellence and will go down in Wynstream sports history.”

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