The National Football Centre at St George's Park hosted the second Independent Schools U11 Girls National Finals Day, as over 100 girls from 11 schools battled it out to be crowned national champions.

With the schools split into two groups it was Coopersale Hall School who made the quickest start in group A winning their opening game, with the other teams cancelling each other out in the other opening fixtures. It quickly became clear that this would be a tight and competitive group with a high number of games ending in draws. Blackheath Prep and St Aubyn's School both recorded victories in their second round of matches whilst Coopersale Hall took control of the group with another victory.

Group B was very different with goals galore being scored. Royal Russell and Southbank Kensington both made quick starts with early victories, whilst Tera Nova and Hale Prep also picked up victories to keep them in the hunt for the semi-finals. Royal Russell kept up their early pace and defeated Southbank Kensington to top the group, whilst the latter picked up 3 points in their final match to join them in the next round.

A single goal was enough for Southbank Kensington to progress past Coopersale Hall in the semi-finals whilst Royal Russell and St Aubyn's couldn’t be separated in their match, with Royal Russell eventually progressing after penalties. The final followed was very competitive between two evenly matched sides with both teams having chances to win it; however once again it was a penalty shoot-out that was again needed to split the teams and it was Southbank Kensington who came out on top to lift the trophy for the first time and become girls U11 independent schools national champions.

Full Results and League Tables

All photographs of the U11 Finals are courtesy of RWT Photography. These and other photographs of the match and the post-match presentations, along with the DVD fliming of semi-finals and Final, can be ordered from or by ringing 01733 204445.



2017 Royal Russell
2018 Southbank Kensington International School

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