It’s been a very eventful time at SMP for girls’ football so far this Spring and Summer! Congratulations to SMFC Girls on their LCSYFL Cup final triumph at Long Lane JFC, Kidbrooke, on May 25th. The girls beat Limehouse Laces 5-3 in a tense match, throwing away a 3-1 lead before getting the job done. Lovely to have 3 former participants managing the team too! This saw the girls achieve the double, following on from their LCSYFL League title, which they also claimed in May.
There were more girls’ footballing achievements to celebrate in May as our Lambeth Schools Girls’ League for Years 7 & 8 came to an end. Dunraven (Streatham) were once again crowned Champions, with La Retraite (Clapham Park) Runners-up. The Outstanding Achievement Award went to League newcomers Trinity Academy (Brixton Hill). A total of 65 girls took part in the matches.
On June 15th a long but brilliant day for SMFC Girls at the Fulham FC Academy in Motspur Park, Surrey saw them competing against 5 other Kickz teams from across London – plus AFC Bournemouth – and a Fulham FC Development side, and coming away tournament winners! Thank you to the Fulham FC Foundation for the invite and a huge well done to coaches and former SMFC girls Aramide and Chevone.
On July 3rd more congratulations were in order for Dunraven school on yet another trophy, as they followed up their League triumph with a Lambeth Girls’ Year 7 & 8 Cup win at Ferndale Sports Centre, Brixton. A fantastic 67 girls from 7 schools across the borough took part in the tournament, with Bishop Thomas Grant finishing runners-up in a SW16 derby final.
July 9th saw the older girls turn out at Ferndale for our Lambeth Girls’ Football Festival – Year 9 & 10, with 58 girls from 7 schools taking part this time around. Congratulations to Champions La Retraite who are now record 5 times winners since 2010! Well done too to Bishop Thomas Grant, runners-up for the second week running.
And on July 7th our Lambeth Girls’ London Youth Games Squad made the knockout stages before losing to eventual champions Havering. The girls were also the only team to take a point off tournament runners-up, Hackney, in the group stages. It was an honour for SMP to recruit and manage the squad and there were many positives to take away for next year.