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11:00 27th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

QPR Ladies lead by example at schools tournament ...

QPR LADIES showed their support for QPR in the Community Trust as nearly 200 schoolgirls battled it out for the chance to represent Rangers in the Under-13 national Premier League schools tournament.

More than 20 schools across west London flocked to Goals, Alperton, last month for the right to play in this year’s finals at Anfield.

Ladies boss Martino Chevannes was also in attendance along with four members from his side, passing on their knowledge to girls during the day about their lifestyle, maintaining a healthy diet and the ingredients necessary to be successful in the game. 

Mia Boorman, Louise Hayes and Stacey McConville joined R's captain Jade Dempster, who was overwhelmed by the number of girls getting involved in the sport, telling “I find it really exciting.

“When I was at school I had to play in the boys team, we didn’t even have a girls team.

“It just proves how much women’s football has grown in the last few years, particularly since the Olympics.

“In terms of development, events like this are huge and it’s great to see so many girls wanting to play football.”

Sacred Heart School from Hammersmith came out on top and will now don the famous blue n' white hoops in front of the Kop on Thursday 9th May.

They will join Byron Court School – winners of the Under-11 national (mixed) Premier League schools tournament.

Now in its eighth year, the Premier League Schools Tournament aims to increase participation and the numbers of teams and players has grown every season. Each of the 20 clubs stage their own competition to select a school to represent them in the finals.

Over two separate days in the capital, the Trust welcomed over double the number of children who competed in their leg last year as schools came from all six boroughs within which QPR in the Community Trust operate.

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