Pupils from a Croxley school have been recognised with the honour of representing the country in the world’s largest youth football tournament.
Seven sporting stars from York House School (YHS) will travel to Sweden to represent England in the Gothia Youth World Cup, set to take place in Sweden in July 2022.
The Gothia Cup is hugely competitive with around 1,700 teams from 8 nations taking part, with 4,500 matches played across 110 pitches.
Speaking about the four girls and three boys selected for the prestigious tournament, Rhiannon Burr, head of girls games at YHS, said they have been celebrating the news throughout the school.
She said: “We are hugely proud of all of our pupils and their achievements and it is wonderful to see more girls competing at this level too, particularly as this is our first year attending and competing. The success has been phenomenal.”
Jon Gray, headmaster at YHS, paid a special thank you to the PE department for their hard work and enthusiasm in inspiring the pupils.
He said: “My thanks goes to our entire PE department for their hard work and enthusiasm in inspiring and motivating our pupils.
“Our staff have been instrumental in encouraging our pupils to reach for the stars and also in supporting our girls, not only to give football a go, but to participate passionately and to a standard that has been recognised on a national level. This is an amazing opportunity and we couldn’t be more delighted for them all.”
All seven of the pupils from York House School will attend the prestigious tournament in Sweden next year, representing England in the World Cup.
Having enjoyed success at the Prep Schools’ Lions trials recently, which includes playing matches against Academies and district teams from other areas in the region, the schools’ achievement in football has gone from strength to strength particularly in the case of the girls’ football team.