An Under 13 girls’ football team from a Croxley secondary school have been declared the county champions.
The squad of pupils from Croxley Danes School, made up of girls from Years 7 and 8, took on Birchwood High in the final of the Herts School NASUWT County Shield on April 24. They triumphed with a 5-2 win and were awarded the coveted prize.
The team has had an impressive season, having lost only one of their last 18 games. Earlier this year, they made it into the final 32 of their age bracket in a national tournament; this was out of 502 sides from across the country who had entered the contest.
Ryan Murphy, head of PE at Croxley Danes School and coach for the team, spoke to CROXLEYnews about the girls’ achievements.
He said: “The girls have shown true resilience to win what they have. Last year, they lost in the county cup semi-finals, despite being 3-0 up at one point. But this year, we managed to beat the team who knocked us out of the nationals two weeks before in the county semi-finals.
“The girls have worked tirelessly together to get this team to gel. It’s the first time a team at this school has won a county-level football trophy since it opened six years ago, which is an immense achievement.”