Joint National Champions for the U16 Schools’ Cup

5 November 2020 | School News, Sports News

Congratulations to our U16 football team for being crowned joint national champions for the 2019-20 season.

The English Schools’ Football Association declared Weatherhead High School and Bournemouth School for Girls joint champions after Covid-19 prematurely ended the season and the teams were unable to compete in the national final.

The Weatherhead school community are incredibly proud of the team and followed their progress throughout the competition.

Miss Lilburn, PE Teacher and Team Manager, said:

“I have had the pleasure of watching these girls grow as players individually, and into the unstoppable force they have become as a team both on and off the pitch. They treated every game along the way as the ultimate challenge, playing all seven rounds with incredible determination and skill and with the utmost respect for each other and the game. The girls will be truly gutted not to play out the final challenge of last season as their focus and self-belief has never wavered. They deserve every bit of this success and I am delighted to call them champions.”

Miss Whelan, Headteacher, said:

“I could not be prouder of this team who are now Joint National Champions of the ESFA U16 Schools’ Cup. They have played together as a team for 4 years and have got so close in previous years and to now be Joint National Champions for the very first time in the history of Weatherhead High School is an absolutely incredible and prestigious achievement. They are such a talented group of footballers and they have really grown as a team and this shows what individual talent, combined with commitment, hard work, passion and most importantly teamwork can achieve. This is the highest accolade you can have in competitive school football and it is so deserved and a real testimony to our extremely talented students and also the truly committed PE staff who have given up so much of their own time to coach, encourage and motivate the team. I could not be prouder of our students and they should be congratulated on such an amazing achievement and we will display the trophy with pride.”

The team’s journey in tweets…