ON the 23rd of November, QPR in the Community Trust were delighted to host over twenty-six schools from across the seven west London boroughs for the EFL Trust U13 Girls Tournament.
Over two hundred participants battled it out to be crowned as the winning school to represent QPR in the Community Trust in the Utilita Girls Cup South Area Finals, in a bid to reach the Regional Finals.
Sponsored by Hyperoptic, the competitive group stages saw the top two teams go through to the knockout stages followed by a road to the final resulting in local Hammersmith & Fulham schools Hurlingham Academy and Latymer Upper School battling it out to be crowned winners of the QPR in the Community Trust U13 Girls Football Tournament.
After an entertaining final, Hurlingham Academy was crowned as the winner of the tournament and will now represent QPR trust in the South Area Finals.
Speaking about the event, Hurlingham Academy teacher Kirsty Mulcahey told www.qpr.co.uk: “The day has been fantastic, it has definitely been one of the biggest tournaments I’ve ever experienced with my girls’ team.”
“Obviously we’ve had a couple of years not playing and missing out so it’s great to give our girls the experience of travelling and being involved in a tournament like this.”
She added: “The girls have really enjoyed it, they’ve said it’s been nice to see a few friends from around the borough who they’ve played against before so definitely a really positive day and we hope to be involved in more events like this with QPR.”
QPR in the Community Trust Women and Girls development officer Rhia Benjamin spoke about the event, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “It was great to see the large number of girls who took part in the tournament, and it was amazing to see the high interest we got from the schools in the boroughs we work in.”
“I hope off the back of this the girls carry on playing and enjoying their football and I look to continue to see the engagement in girls playing football increase in years to come.”
Utilita Girls Cup
The Utilita Girls Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U13 girls that culminates in a grand final prior to the Leasing.com Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.
The road to the finals begin when each EFL Club organises a local competition for all schools wishing to take part.
Each winning school of the local competition then represents their club in the North or South Area Finals, in a bid to reach the Regional Finals.
The two teams who are victorious in the North and South Regional Finals proceed to play at the Grand Final at Wembley in March.
Over 6,000 girls are involved in the competition each year.