Blackburn Rovers were proud to be asked to host the area finals of the Kinder + Sport Girls’ Futsal Cup… so you can imagine how delighted we were to actually win them!
An 8-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire area final of the Football League Trust competition, hosted at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, means that we’re now one step closer to glory, with Rovers now taking on the best of the north in next month’s regional finals.
The fantastic team from St Bede’s RC High School won the Club’s qualifying heats to represent the hallowed blue and white halves in this season’s event, and when pitched against the region’s best opponents in the area finals, they showed that they were a class above with their stunning progression.
Derby rivals Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Preston North End and Wigan Athletic were also part of the six-team competition held over the course of Friday and Monday, but despite some quality futsal skills across the entire field, none quite matched the combination of individual flair and tactical knowledge shown by the team coached by John Turner.
Their reward is a chance to head to Derby for the regional finals in late February, with the top teams from that encounter heading through to the national finals in March and the chance to call themselves the country’s best.
Andy Aspinall, women and girls’ development officer for Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is delighted that the Club can enjoy another female success story, explaining:
“Women’s football seems to be on the crest of a wave in the north west at the moment, as you can see from the quality of the tournament we’ve just hosted, and we’re so pleased to see that another one of our teams is leading the way in our area.
“The girls from St Bede’s did a great job and looked in total control in the final, so we are proud to see the way they’ve taken to this ever-growing version of the sport.
“Coming just over a week after Greenbank High School won the same stage of the Kinder + Sport Girls Cup for the Club, it is proving to be a brilliant season for the female game here in Blackburn.”
Any girls looking to take their first steps in football and aspire to follow the lead of our successful junior teams should head along to our Girls’ Football Development Centre, hosted at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre every Friday from 5pm-6pm, and aimed at giving girls aged five to seven the perfect introduction to the game.