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England U15 Schoolgirls- International football is back!

The England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Wales this weekend for the much anticipated return to football for our International sides. They will face their Welsh counterparts in a friendly on Sunday 9th May

Before the football world ground to a halt last year, the England U15 Schoolgirls travelled to ROI to compete in the John Read Trophy against their Irish counterparts. They came away with a 2-1 win in what turned out to be their last fixture of the 19/20 season. The girls were then due to host Scotland, ROI, Northern Ireland and Wales at Lilleshall NSC in April for the Bob Docherty Tournament to end their international season, however these fixtures were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following this anti-climatic end to the 2019/2020 International season for our England U15 Schoolgirls, they are finally getting back on the pitch this weekend as they travel to Colliers Park, Wrexham to play their welsh counterparts. The game is being played on Sunday 9th May with the match kicking off at 14:30.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators will be able to attend. The game is also not going to be live-streamed on the ESFA Youtube channel but a recording of the match will be made available at a later date.

Keep an eye on the ESFA’s social channels (@SchoolsFootball on instagram and Twitter and for more content around the England U15 Schoolgirls and announcements regarding the England U18 schoolboys upcoming fixtures!

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England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Dublin for the John Read Trophy

The England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Dublin this weekend for a game against their Republic of Ireland Counterparts in the John Read Trophy. This is the girls’ last friendly before their competitive fixtures at the end of the international season in the Bob Docherty Trophy, which is scheduled to take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre from 15 – 17 April.

The final friendly is to be played on Saturday 7th March at the FAI HQ, Abbotstown and is scheduled to kick off at 1pm.

The girls have recently returned from a 5-day training camp in Eindhoven, Holland where they played two friendly matches and developed important team chemistry that they help to take forward for the rest of the season. Click here to view highlights of their friendly game vs F.C Utrecht.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said “On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to wish both teams participating in the John Read Trophy this weekend, the very best of luck. It can be difficult for us to secure fixtures at the Girls’ U15 level to create a more robust programme of International activity for the squad and this match provides a much needed opportunity for the girls. I hope that the team bonding that took place during their training camp in Eindhoven over half term shows even further improvement in the girls’ game in Abbotstown”.

Since 1904 English Schools’ Football Association has been the governing body for schools’ football in England. The ESFA are proud of their remit as an educational organisation and have deeply rooted values and beliefs in the importance of schools’ football for children in England. The Association is proud to be able to run an international programme for girls and hopes to grow the provision available to these players over coming years.