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England U15 Schoolgirls’- Official Squad Announcement

The ESFA have announced the 18 players chosen to represent the England U15 Schoolgirls’ for the 2021-2022 season following the final Pro:Direct Trial

The ESFA concluded their search for the best schools’ footballers that England has to offer yesterday (Sunday 12th December) with the final England U15 Schoolgirls’ Pro:Direct trial taking place at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The successful girls have progressed through a rigorous selection process from October until December to be finally selected to represent their country.

The players were first nominated by their county sides to attend regional trials that led to the construction of four regional squads, the North, Midlands, South East and South West. These squads then went head to head in step two of the trials process and formed the North and South squads that travelled to Lilleshall yesterday for the final stage of the process.

Making the final stage of the trials is a huge personal achievement for all the girls who attended and something they can be very proud of.

Mark Hignett, ESFA Chairman said “We are delighted to be able to name this year’s England U15 Schoolgirls’ Squad today. It’s a fantastic achievement for these players to have made it through what is a tough trials process, to be able to go on and represent their school, District, County and their Country for this year’s International Season. On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to congratulate each and every selected girl on their achievement and also pass on my thanks to their parents for the commitment and support they have also shown. Finally, I would like to congratulate all the players that were selected to take part in this year’s trials process and wish them the very best for the rest of this season.”

A huge congratulations to the following girls:

Player Name Player County
Ashleigh Ridsdel-HarrisonSouth Yorkshire CSFA
Cara Fisher Northumberland CSFA
Holly Tickle Lancashire CSFA 
Amelia Freeman Durham CSFA 
Emily CassapDurham CSFA 
Niamh BoothroydNorthumberland CSFA
Ella Baker Cleveland CSFA
Isobel Young Kent CSFA
Grace McEwen Essex CSFA
Holly RandallHampshire 
Cecily Wellesley – Smith Oxfordshire CSFA 
Ruby Gaitely Kent CSFA
Emily CadellGloucestershire CSFA
Taya Pomfret Devon CSFA 
Ella StowellGloucestershire CSFA
Sophie ByromBuckinghamshire CSFA
Kaci – Jai Bonwick Suffolk CSFA 
Mia EndacottDevon CSFA 

This final squad will go on to compete in some friendly matches in the New Year, including a game against the Independent Schools’ FA. They will then be involved in some preparatory training before their competitive fixtures at the end of the season in the Bob Docherty Cup. 

The ESFA would like to once more congratulate all the players that were put forward for England Schoolgirls trials this season and wish those players that haven’t been selected the very best of luck with the rest of their season and footballing careers.

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Match Report Monday- 2019/20 Season Review

As we approach the end of the year, we’re looking back at some of the early round fixtures which took during the past 12 months. Here are some of the best images we captured throughout 2021.

There was a rainy September afternoon in the Lake District, as West Lakes Academy travelled to local rivals St Benedicts, in the U14 Boys. The following day, Fulford School faced Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School as the U13 Girls played in a mix of sunshine and showers.

St Hilda’s CofE High School’s fell to a U13 Boys Cup defeat at home to Maricourt, in what was a wet Friday afternoon in Liverpool. A day later, following a late venue change due to a waterlogged pitch, Cape Cornwall managed to beat Plymouth School of Creative Arts in Penzance.

In November’s first fixture, Westminster School ran out as 3-1 winners over Alexandra Park School at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.

In Nottingham, Parkside School held on for a 3-2 win at West Bridgford School in the U13 Boys Cup. Parkside had a 3-goal lead, before West Bridgford mounted a late comeback. However, it was too little too late, and Parkside held on to move into the next round.

A sunny December afternoon in Manchester saw Priestnall School and Manchester Grammar School share 6 goals, before Manchester Grammar went through to round 3 of the U13 Elite Boys Cup, thanks to a penalty shoot-out.

A bitterly cold and wet afternoon in Coventry for the U15 Boys Cup saw Cardinal Newman fall to a 3-2 defeat to Repton School, in extra time.

There were two games in one afternoon at Sandwell Academy, as their U15 Girls fell to a defeat to an impressive John Port Spencer Academy. Meanwhile, their U13 Boys were beaten by West Derby School in a seven-goal thriller with the hosts falling to a 4-3 defeat.

In Derbyshire, Dronfield Henry Fanshawe and King James School met in a last 8 tie in the Under 15 Boys Cup. Snow was swept off the artificial pitch to enable their tie to go ahead with the visitors edging the tie 2-1.

The 2021/22 season is already well underway, we will bring you updates throughout the year.

The ESFA would like to say a big thank you to our official photographer Garry Griffiths from 353 photography for traveling up and down the country covering our national cup fixtures. If you would like to purchase any photos from Garry please follow his link here.