We have recently entered our local Sainsbury’s School Games allowing us to enter inter-school competitions and providing an opportunity for competitive challenge in various sports. Having added girls’ football to our TED programme for year 5 and 6 girls, this was a fantastic opportunity to help pupils practise the skills of the game.

With only four football lessons under our belt but bolstered by the inclusion of Lily Falahee (Birmingham City Ladies Football Academy) on our team, we set out to compete against 20 other local schools in an U11 Girls Football Tournament at Small Heath Upper School. There were nearly 200 girls competing and the event proved how far girls football has progressed in this country.

We played the matches against The Rosary, Greet, Montgomery and Nansen schools. We lost against the eventual league winners The Rosary 1-0, struggling to make a major impact in the short 7 minutes of match time, but we did ourselves proud overall, winning two games, drawing one and losing one. Theresa Zygmunt made some fabulous saves in goal, and Lily was 1 of only 9 girls selected for a “Passion Award” given out to pupils exhibiting this characteristic during the tournament.

Our girls seemed to relish the opportunity to compete against lots of other schools at this local event. With more practice throughout the year no doubt we will progress further by improving our game and understanding and transferring our skill set from activity to activity. I really enjoyed watching the girls interact with others within our wider community. Tanya showed that she had paid special attention to Mrs Elphinston’s assemblies by persevering throughout. Well done, girls!