Eden Girls’ School pupils share football love at FA reception

Eden Girls’ School pupils share football love at FA reception

 

Two young footballers from Eden Girls’ School scored the chance to share their love of the game at a prestigious FA reception.

Year 8 pupils Randa Kheer and Kauther Suleiman were interviewed by former England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis at the event in Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Tuesday 27 February.

Hosted by Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s Director of Women’s Football, the Girls’ Football Hubs reception brought together those schools and organisations that are leading the development of girls’ football in their communities.

The reception, which took place ahead of the Youth Sport Trust’s annual awards dinner on Tuesday 27 February, gave our school the chance to highlight the progress we have made in engaging pupils in girls’ football.

PE teacher Paige Williams explained how Eden Girls’ School had become involved in the FA’s reception. She said, “The Trust to which our school belongs is an FA Girls’ Area Hub. This has helped us to step up our provision of football in school, running regular after school skills training sessions and setting up a girls’ football team for the first time.

“For our pupils to be invited to speak at an FA and Youth Sport Trust event was a huge honour. Randa and Kauther did a great job of demonstrating their enthusiasm and how engaged they are in football, both on and off the pitch.”

Eden Girls’ School was the only school from which pupils were invited to speak at the FA Girls’ Football Hubs reception.

Pupil Randa Kheer commented, “Speaking at the reception was an amazing experience, especially with the opportunity to be interviewed by Rachel Brown-Finnis. I found her journey very inspirational and exciting. During the awards dinner, I found it really moving to see another female from my ethnic background win the young person’s Youth Sport Trust award. The evening has now inspired me to want to do more for football and leadership and I am very excited for my journey.”

Pupil Kauther Suleiman added, “I loved being part of this experience! It was a great opportunity to tell my story of how I have developed my leadership skills through football. It was great to see the awards afterwards and see different people’s achievements from all over the world. It was extremely inspirational and I am now looking forward to my next steps in football and sport leadership.”

Star Academies, one of the UK’s leading multi-academy trusts, was designated an FA Girls’ Area Hub in late 2017. As such, the Trust belongs to a network of organisations across England that support and deliver girls’ football.

 

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