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Girls' Football Success

Posted on: 01/11/2018

Congratulations to last year’s Blenheim Under-14 Girls’ Football Team who won the Young Team of the Year Award at the Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards held on Tuesday 16th October 2018. Mr Bodell, Mr Adams, Mr Millard, Mr Morgan and Miss O’Driscoll were all in attendance along with a number of parents to show their support.

Mr Morgan nominated the girls for this award.  You can read his nomination statement below:-

'Last year, Blenheim were incredibly proud that our Girls U13 football team won the Epsom and Ewell Young Team of the Year award, and so to be nominating them again does feel a little cheeky. However, their achievements this year have surpassed that of last and I so I felt it only right to nominate them again.

Throughout last season, the girls showed incredible commitment to training and to each other. Despite being from different year groups they have formed an amazing bond which has helped them to achieve something truly fantastic by remaining unbeaten all season long in all competitions and friendlies. In short, they have played over 25 competitive matches against other Surrey and national schools, including an international friendly against an American school on tour!

Their journey began with an away match against an Islington school in the U14 ESFA Girls competition, and from that victory, on a sunny September afternoon in Regents Park, the girls never looked back. During the year they successfully defended their U14 Surrey Schools 7-a-side trophy and added the U14 Surrey Schools 11-a-side title with a great win at AFC Leatherhead. This meant that Blenheim were arguably the best U14 girls team in Surrey - but they were not done. Round after round they continued to win in the ESFA U14 competition and out of 317 schools who entered the competition, Blenheim reached the final. This proved to be one of those days that will forever live in the memory of those girls, their families, supporters and teachers who went along to Reading's Madjeski Stadium, and the 100's of students back at Blenheim who watched the final during their lessons.

The final, like all the matches that year, demonstrated how much togetherness and spirit the girls had for each other. They consoled each other when very quickly going 3-1 down, and could have easily folded under the pressure of a national final being televised live. But that didn't happen. They proved themselves to be more than individuals, worked tirelessly for each other and as a team fought back into the match. Heading for penalties, Blenheim rightfully won the game and took the national title with a goal at the very end of the game. A measure of the team is that they didn't over celebrate that goal, the game hadn't actually finished after all, instead they celebrated as a team together once the final whistle blew, crowning a wonderful year as national champions. The girls are role models to their fellow Blenheim students and to others across Surrey, for their determination, togetherness, heart, sportsmanship and passion that they have shown throughout the year. I for one can't wait to see what they can continue to achieve!'