Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation this week held a girls football tournament at the Sports Domes in Seaton Carew.
The event saw 16 local girls football teams compete for two separate prizes; the 647 Plate and the 652 Cup.
The tournament was held as part of the FA Girls Football Week, which is held to try and encourage increasing numbers of girls to play the game.
Five members of Pools Youth Team went along to the afternoon, where they helped referee the games. Connor Simpson, Jacob Owen, Josh Hawkes, Liam Travers and Ethan Wood all gave up their time to support the event.
Four of Pools’ Ladies team also went along to the tournament, with Demi McKenna, Megan Hammond, Jo Hurrel and Katie Ord all went along to present medals and trophies on the day. They were joined by Victoria Williams, Lucy Staniforth and Hayley Sharp of Sunderland Ladies.
The winners of the 647 Plate were St Joseph’s Primary School (Billingham), with Fens Primary School the runners up.
Clavering Primary School won the 652 Cup as they beat St Aidan’s to the title.
We would like to congratulate all 16 teams who took part in the event:
Denehouse, St Aidans, Clavering, Fens, West Park, Rift House, Grange, Eskdale, Ferryhill Station, Easington C of E, St Jospeh’s, Sedgefield, Rossmere, Lynnfield, Glebe x 2
As part of the FA Girls’ Football Week, HUCSF have set their own targets to support the push. They are aiming to: -
• Host 12 schools at a free girls’ football tournament
• Schedule 4 player visits from both professional and non-professional female football players at the tournament
• Distribute 20 free tickets for girls to attend a professional football match
• Create pathways for girls’ who want to play football on a more regular basis and signpost them along a suitable route
• Help primary school teachers to appreciate the importance of the role they play in encouraging more girls to play football