26th Feb, 2020

Malvern St James' under-11s crowned ESFA county champions

Craig Gibbons 26th Feb, 2018

MALVERN St James Girls’ School overcame the rain and bitter cold to become English Schools Football Association U11 county champions after winning the Worestershire tournament at South Bromsgrove High.

The girls of MSJ qualified for the event as Malvern Hills district champions and were pitted against representatives from the other Worcestershire districts: Claines Primary (Worcester), Sutton park Primary (Wyre Forest), Walkwood Middle (Redditch) and Parkside Middle (Bromsgrove).

MSJ had won their district competition unbeaten and without conceding a goal.

They repeated that repeated that fete at South Bromsgrove to become county champions.

Ian Fry, in charge of football at MSJ, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our girls.

“They have worked so hard and thoroughly deserved their success at the district competition.

“The quality of the opposition was obviously higher at the county event, but the girls again deservedly came out on top.”

MSJ will now go on to represent Worcestershire at the ESFA Midlands Regional finals on Saturday, April 28 at the University of Nottingham’s Riverside Sports Ground.

“To represent Worcestershire is a huge honour and will be a fantastic challenge for us and a great experience for the girls,”added Fry.

“The progress the girls have made since the beginning of the year has been phenomenal.

“There is certainly work to be done on improving further before the regional competition, but I know the girls will be up for the challenge.

“I could not be more proud of all my team.”

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