Wingfield Primary School Girls Football Team
In September, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) Coach Ivan Donaldson held trials at Wingfield Primary School in Kidbrooke for all females in Key Stage 2 to try out for the new girls football team.
The 13 girls selected stood out during the trial and demonstrated a real talent for the sport. With regular training throughout the school year, the girls showed strong commitment to the team and improving as a group.
The girls, aged between 8-11, have been competing in matches at the Meridian Sports Ground and have shown a fantastic improvement from where they were at the start of the school year.
As the school’s first ever girls football team, the school is incredibly proud of their efforts and commitment.
Their parents have also expressed their support for the team and how being part of the team has benefitted their daughter.
One parent, Lisa Dickson, said:
“Sienna is really enjoying being a part of the girls football team. Having the opportunity to play with other girls has improved her confidence and skill and she now wants to join a mixed team and play all the time.”
Another parent, Hyiam Evic, said:
“Safia is a very shy girl and typically lacks confidence. The football has been a good opportunity for her to come out of her shell and deal with other players who are more competitive and aggressive than her.
“The best lesson has been that persevering and working as a team are more important than feeling embarrassed that her team lost.”
Ivan Donaldson, CACT’s Football & Sports Development Coach, said:
“At the start of the school term we had trials for all KS2 girls and the girls that were selected for the team all stood out. The progression that they've shown has been exceptional, the chemistry, togetherness, and commitment every week has been outstanding.
“I am proud of and appreciate each player, they all can look back and see what they've achieved. The foundation has been laid and they have all set a great example to the school.”