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Meadow Lane to host ESFA Finals

21 March 2017

Meadow Lane will host a cup final double header on Wednesday 22 March in conjunction with the English Schools' Football Association.

This season has seen teams from across the country enter into 45 English Schools’ FA National Cup competitions to compete for the opportunity to be crowned National Champions.

The games are:
- ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup for Girls: South Gloucestershire College v Gateshead College (12pm KO)
- ESFA U18 Schools’ Cup for Girls: Durham Sixth Form v Barking Abbey School (4pm KO)

The finalists have battled it out through five and six rounds respectively to make it through to these prestigious National Finals.

The event will be a celebration of women’s football and pay tribute to the outstanding quality of girls’ football showcased through the ESFA and the fantastic young players developed by the schools’ football system.

The games will be officiated by female officials and it is hoped Women’s Super League players will be in attendance to support the day.

ESFA CEO Andrea Chilton said: "I wish to congratulate all of the teams on their success in reaching the ESFA Hudl Cup National Finals.

"It is testament to the commitment and hard work of players and staff, with the ongoing support of their schools and colleges they have reached the pinnacle of these competitions.

"We wish all of our worthy finalists the best of luck for a successful day. We would also like to thank the staff at Notts County FC for their support in hosting this all girls’ football final on our behalf."

Alan Johnston, ESFA Chairman added: "The quality of the experience the players will have in this match will be a memory they will retain for the rest of their lives. The ESFA have been running schools’ football for 112 years. I hope these finals will be able to portray the importance of this legacy.

"Schools’ football is a unique experience for the thousands of schoolchildren who enjoy it every year and the principles of sportsmanship, good behavior, respect for officials and opponents are cornerstones of our philosophy.

"I hope everyone can feel a great sense of pride in what they and their team have achieved this season"

Notts County's head of commercial operations Simon Fotheringham said: "We’re delighted that the English Schools' FA have decided to host their girls finals at Meadow Lane.

"We sincerely hope all of the players taking part have a great time and really enjoy the experience with us. May the best teams win!"

The ESFA is extremely proud to be able to provide so many young footballers in schools and colleges across England with the opportunity to showcase their ability and teamwork and compete in prestigious ESFA National Cup Competitions.

This season has seen over 6,700 teams enter at secondary school age and a further 7,000 teams participate at the primary school age group as well as opportunities for District and County representative team football.

Entry to the games is free and the finals will be streamed live online thanks to 247.TV and will be able to view on our YouTube channel, ESFA TV.

The ESFA wish the best of luck to all teams competing at Notts County.

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