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Girls' Football off to a Flying Start

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Our girls' football teams have made an excellent start this term. Not only did they begin their Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) U18 matches with a hefty 11-2 win over local rivals Millfield, but they have also won both their U15 cup matches against Holyrood and Millfield.

Even more exciting is their entry into the Community and Education Football Alliance (CEFA) League, where our team will face U19 Academy teams from South West-based football clubs such as Swindon Town, Reading, Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle. The girls won their first match in the league 6-5 with a brilliant encounter against Plymouth at home. Both teams are playing this week with our U18s taking on Bristol City and our U15s playing Colyton Grammar in the national cup.

Phil Lewis, our Director of Sport said:

"Girls' football continues to grow nationally and this theme is continuing at King's. We are working really hard with our girls' football programme and have yet again benefited from our strong link with Exeter City Football Club, where some of our players play for the women's side. We have an excellent agreement in place that provides fantastic coaching on a weekly basis. We also have football coach James Ward, who continues to do a brilliant job."

Phil continued: "We have been very fortunate to have Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakely – both heavily involved in Exeter City Women's 1st team – helping to develop our players and the football programme here at the school. I must also thank Karen Paul, who also continues to help with coaching. She is the "Jurgen Klopp" glue that holds it all together! Sport here at King's is becoming more and more diverse and I am delighted for the girls, who continue to be challenged and nurtured in such a positive way on the football field."

Girls' 1st Football Team

Back left: Abbie Stride; Millie MacEachern, Sophie Gillies, Anna Lewis, Elise John-Rai, Jess Walrond, Nicole Marlow, Karen Paul (coach/manager)

Front row: Jenna Kirby, Vicki Neuefeind, Jorja Townsen, Ely Myers, Grace White, Malaika Njema

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