Whittingham CofE First School’s girls’ football team played its first match against St Michael’s CofE First School, from Alnwick, last week.
Following two Whittingham staff members’ daughters playing in Alnwick Town’s girls’ teams over the past four years, deputy head Lynne Fortescue and head Belinda Athey set about organising a mixed football team for Year 5/6 pupils with the hope of getting enough interest for a girls-only team.
From last month, the mixed team has played against other schools in the Alnwick Partnership, but the girls, none of whom had played for a team before, became so inspired that they persuaded Mrs Fortescue, with the help of some of the mums, to organise extra training sessions.
This enabled them to take part in their first girls’ football match at home against St Michael’s last week, organised with the help of PE coordinator Andy Baker.
Mrs Athey was so inspired by the increased confidence and motivation from the girls that she approached Peter Hately, manager of Alnwick Towns Ladies. Peter has kindly invited six players to be mascots for the side’s FA Cup clash against Burnley next Sunday.