Sacred Heart-Beat others to win 2024 U11’s Tournament

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School win Blackpool FC Community Trust U11 Premier League Primary Stars tournament 2024!

On Monday 15th January Blackpool FC Community Trust held our annual Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) U11’s Girls Tournament at Stanley Park.

The tournament, part of our PLPS provision that supports P.E in primary schools across Blackpool, is a key event to help us support and engage football for girls across the town. It is designed create a positive approach to increase female participation and enjoyment of football in a skilled and competitive environment. The tournament was brilliantly attended with 18 teams from 17 primary schools across the Fylde Coast!

The event held by Blackpool FC Community Trust, was played out in a great spirit with some well competed fixtures, and a positive atmosphere on the day, which was a great showcase for girl’s football engagement in the town. The final was competed by pupils from Roseacre Primary School and Sacred Heart Primary School, with Sacred Heart taking a two-goal lead, and Roseacre pulling one back in the second half, they managed to hold onto their lead and become 2024 champions. Well done to sacred Heart on winning the tournament and they will now go on to represent BFCCT, the club, and their school, in the famous colours of tangerine and white at the regional event held at Wigan Athletic in March.

The U11 National Girls Football Tournament is one of the competition elements of the Premier League Primary Stars programme. Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football to help children to be active and develop essential life skills.

Ten regional events will be staged at community facilities across the country, with hundreds of young people representing Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs hoping to win the opportunity to play at The National Final in the summer, venue yet to be confirmed.

Samantha Chapman – Assistant head and PE Lead – Roseacre Primary School said,

The girls were obviously sad but were fine when arriving back at school, thank you, and I think they realised how well they had actually done. They have never even played together before and our goalie became poorly and dropped out before the quarter final, so we had to have a switch around of positions, and for them to get to the final was amazing. The support and teamwork they demonstrated was amazing to see. Thank you for BFCCT for organising the event and for giving the girls such a wonderful experience.”

Primary PE Manager Simon Smith from the Community Trust said,

Another Premier League Primary Stars tournament for us to be really proud of, providing a brilliant platform for over 140 girls to play football in. it was a little cold on the morning, but the sun shone brilliantly on the players and schools that attended. Well done to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and good luck in the next round at the regional tournament at Wigan”