Students at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester took part in the biggest celebration of girls/ football. 

The tournament at Saint Paul’s was part of the huge England Football and Barclays event whose aim was to put on the biggest EVER football session for girls in school!  

Saint Paul’s took part in a range of activities to support #LetGirlsPlay including hosting a tournament for the Key Stage 3 girls’ squad against St Antony’s Roman Catholic School (Urmston), St James’ Catholic High School (Cheadle) and Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College (Altrincham). 

The aim of the tournament was to have as many young girls playing football in one session as possible. Each team played four games across the tournament.  

Alex Brooks, the goalkeeper for Blackburn Rovers was in attendance to meet with the young girls and inspire the new generation of footballers with her enthusiasm and advice. 

Ms Sophie Carter, PE teacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “It was a fantastic evening and everyone was in high spirits and very keen to take part. Alex Brooks, an ex-Saint Paul’s pupil who now plays Goalkeeper for Blackburn Rover, came along to add her support and was a great inspiration to the girls. I was so proud of the Saint Paul’s team, they all showed great teamwork, determination and positivity.” 

The winners of the Tournament were Blessed Thomas Holford with a fantastic result of 10 points. 

Following this, Saint Paul’s organised a trip for their team to watch the Manchester United Ladies Match against Brighton. 

Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher, said: “It’s time to take a stand, to make a difference for girls to play football – one simple message #LetGirlsPlay!” 

By 2024, The FA’s and Barclays ambition is for girls to have the same football opportunities as boys in schools and clubs. #LetGirlsPlay is a campaign to drive influence and change perceptions, showing that football can and should be played by girls. It is bringing together a growing community of people of all genders, ages and backgrounds who want to champion equal access for girls, helping create independent, resilient young girls who will be a force for good in all local communities.