ELTHORNE Park High School are one step closer to running out on the hallowed Wembley turf after winning the right to represent QPR in the 2013-14 Football League Girls’ Cup.
Nearly 200 schoolgirls from across the County flocked to Goals, Alperton, on Thursday 21st November, all dreaming of a place at this year’s finals at the national stadium.
Elthorne Park came out on top in the all-Ealing final, defeating Acton High School following a dramatic penalty shootout to secure their spot at the Area finals in January 2014.
“I am really pleased with the uptake of this year’s tournament, once again extending the number of teams and players beyond previous records with 23 schools competing this year,” Charlotte Edwards, Football Development Officer (Women & Girls) at the Queens Park Rangers, told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I’d like to thank all the players, teachers, and staff from both QPR in the Community Trust and Middlesex FA for making it such a fantastic and well-run day.
“The tournament was a great success and we wish Elthorne Park High the very best when they represent QPR in the Football League Area Finals in January.”
The nationwide six-a-side competition provides youngsters with the chance to represent their local Football League club on the national stage, with exciting prizes for participating schools, as well as individuals, up for grabs along the way.
The Girls’ Cup is for Under-13 females, with the grand final staged prior to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final in March 2014.
Over 20,000 school children from 2,500 schools take part in the annual tournaments, which reward the finalists with an unforgettable trip to Wembley – including overnight accommodation, a stadium tour and the chance to play on the most famous pitch in the country.