Road to Wembley starts for girls from local schools representing Bristol Rovers
The unique opportunity to play on Wembley Stadium awaits for girls across England and Wales as the new 2023/24 season of the Utilita Girls Cup officially kicks off this month.
One of the country’s biggest national football competitions for schools, the Utilita Girls Cup competition will see more than 6,000 Under-13 girls representing local schools within the regions of the 72 EFL Clubs participate in competitive football this season.
On Friday, 117 girls will participating in the local round of the Utilita EFL Girls' Cup organised by Bristol Rovers Community Trust. The winners of the tournament will then go on to represent Bristol Rovers in the 'Area Finals' of the Competition, playing other schools representing teams like Plymouth Argyle, Swansea City, Bristol City and Newport County.
The victorious teams from the north and south Finals then qualify to earn the right to represent their Club and play in their official colours at the 90,000-capacity national stadium before the EFL Trophy Final on April 7, 2024.
Inclusion Lead at the Community Trust, Will Dixon, said "As always we're really excited to be hosting the Local Round of the Utilita EFL Girls Cup. To host over one-hundred girls again is truly exciting and I'm sure that each school will have an enjoyable time with us."
Both the Utilita Girls Cup and its sister competition, the Utilita Kids Cup, fosters boosts in confidence, engages young boys and girls to participate in team sport and encourages them to strive for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the hallowed turf of Wembley.
Since its inception in 2007, the Kids and Girls Cup has engaged over 350,000 children.
Participants from the Girls Cup who have gone onto reach the professional level at the Women’s Super League include Sam Tierney (Leicester City) and Miri Taylor (Liverpool). More recently, former Broadstone Middle School (representing AFC Bournemouth in 2013/14) graduates, Molly Pike and Kayla Rednell are now carving their top-flight careers at Southampton in the Women’s Championship.
Bill Bullen, Chief Executive Officer, at Utilita Energy, said: “It’s an honour to be involved and I’m delighted that Utilita’s support will enhance the opportunities available for thousands of schoolchildren in England and Wales.
“We want to help children reach or even exceed their footballing desires, whilst promoting the benefits of staying fit, and the disciplines and social skills that playing any sport can give them.”