Girls' Football

King's College girls' football continues to go from strength-to-strength. Over the last eight years, the sport has grown in popularity and now places King's as the leading independent school for girls' football.

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King's was the first National Girls’ Football Development School for the Independent Schools FA (ISFA). Links with the Football Association, Women’s Super League Clubs, community football and universities both in the UK and the USA, combine to provide excellent opportunities for players of all abilities.

King’s girls achieve National ISFA caps, attend Elite Performance Camps and participate in the local, regional and national development camp programmes.

Entry into the U18 Eleven-a-Side event has seen the school victorious two out of the last three years. They also reached the English Schools FA U18 National Cup quarter final in 2016/2017.

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On a more local level, King’s girls have secured and retained the South West Six-a-Side competition trophy with a regularity that further supports the schools' claim to national supremacy in the independent school sector.

In the 2015/16 season, the King’s girls faced a new challenge and a fantastic opportunity as they entered the Football League Trust National Women’s Futsal League.

Playing in the colours of local club and BTEC partners Exeter City FC,
the team travelled monthly to the Birmingham Futsal Arena to face football club-based teams from across the country. After topping the first tournament and securing the runner-up prize in the second, the girls went on to win the Football League Trust Kinder + Ladies’ Futsal Tournament at the Derby Arena.

More important than all of these successes on the pitch is the progress made away from the match days. The players now benefit from a support program to monitor their well-being, progress and performance. This aims to bring the results together into a comprehensive profile that will develop, ready for presentation to further education opportunities at home and overseas, particularly college scholarship opportunities in USA.

Director of Football Chris Heayns also works with the individual player to provide playing opportunities at the right level outside of school. This is achieved through strong links with women's and girls' clubs, particularly Exeter City Ladies FC, and also on to representative levels, regionally, nationally and internationally with girls currently in the Independent Schools FA National Squads and one recent call-up to the full England U19 camp.

Chris said: "This is very much a player centred programme helping each player to reach their full potential as an individual and within a team."

From humble but determined beginnings, King’s College girls' football, also working with King’s Hall Prep School, now proudly fields teams from U10 to U18 and continues to look at all options to help girls fulfil their footballing aspirations and dreams.

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