The Felpham Community College year 7 girls football team has had an incredible season so far. Only joining together as a team in September, they won every friendly match they played last term, also winning the District tournament in November. They continued this success with the County Cup, making it through to the Quarter Finals, held on Wednesday 9th February. Unfortunately, their winning streak came to an end at this point, when their competitors – Millais School in Horsham – scored an amazing wonder goal in extra time taking the final score to 3-2.
On Thursday 16th February, the team attended a celebration event, hosted by FCC year 12 sports students. It was a chance for the older students to congratulate the girls on their achievements this academic year and answer any questions about what other sporting opportunities will be available to them.
Mr Whiffin, Deputy Headteacher, commented:
“The drive and dedication the team has shown has been inspiring. They have supported each other throughout the season, training regularly and showing complete dedication at every training session and fixture. It has been great to have an older student, Ruby-Mae in year 10, coaching them and setting the standard so high. The girls have shown what brilliant Sports Ambassadors they are for FCC and they have a great sporting future ahead of them. Well done to the whole team and their coach. We now look forward to ending this season with some more wins (hopefully!) and planning and preparing for next year!”
Izzy English, year 7 student commented:
“I have really enjoyed playing for the year 7 girls football team since September. I’ve made new friends and I like how competitive it is compared to primary school with more fixtures and events. Playing against other schools is a good experience and we also train every week which is hard work but rewarding. I play for Bognor as well as for my school and I have also been picked for the County team so I am loving all the practice and matches!”
Ruby-Mae Rainey, year 10 student:
“I have played football since I was 5, for Felpham Colts and for my primary school and now Felpham. I want to get into coaching as a profession so this is a good experience for me and it is also part of my Duke of Edinburgh award. I also coach younger kids for a local football academy. I am really proud of the girls, they have worked hard and have learnt a lot since September, especially learning each other’s strengths and working as a team. All our wins have been fantastic. The tea party was really nice, thank you to Felpham for organising it for us!