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School teams compete to represent Arsenal

TV camera crews are at Market Road to capture matches between north London and Hertfordshire girls' teams

02 March, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Ashmount School are heading for the Nationals

THE TV camera crews queued up pitch-side at Market Road in Islington on Tuesday to capture the action as scores of girls’ football teams from north London and Hertfordshire battled it out for the right to represent Arsenal in the national finals of the Premier League Schools Championships.

St Mary Magdalene

Under-13s teams from a host of secondary schools, including Camden School for Girls, Haverstock, La Sainte Union (LSU) and St Mary Magdalene Academy, braved the cold weather in the hope that they would be crowned champions, and earn a place alongside other winners from across the country at the grand finals, which will be held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in May.

Camden School for Girls

Run by Arsenal in the Community, the event was a huge success as teams put on a spectacle of fantastic football.

Stoke Newington School were among the sides that caught the eye as they stormed into the final, where they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by reigning champions St Albans Girls’ School.

Runners-up Stoke Newington

As an added surprise new Arsenal Ladies signing Beth Mead turned up with club mascot Gunnersaurus to cheer the girls on and present medals.
“It’s fantastic to see so many girls playing football and showing what they can do,” said the striker, who joined the Gunners from Sunderland in January.

Haverstock Girls Years 7 and 8

“I really enjoyed meeting all the players.

“Arsenal have always been known as a club that backs women’s football in a big way, and it’s good to see that that commitment extends to Arsenal in the Community and the work we do in the local area.”

LSU

Despite just missing out in the final, Stoke Newington manager Ian Bruce said he was proud of his team’s efforts on the day.

“We’re all very proud of the girls for getting to the final,” he said.

“Our performance demonstrated how hard the girls at Stoke Newington work, and will hopefully be a stepping stone for success in the London Cup later this year.

“We’d like to thank all the Arsenal staff for facilitating such a great day.”

Arsenal Ladies’ new signing Beth Mead presents St Albans with their winners medals

There will be one side flying the flag for Islington, and Arsenal, in the final after Ashmount School were crowned champions in the Under-11s category.

Players from the Crouch Hill primary school saw off competition from over 30 rival teams to capture the prestigious shield, which was presented to them by Arsenal academy stars Alex Crean and Charlie Gilmour.

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