Nine students from Carew Academy completed the 30-mile trip from Wallington to wear the Crystal Palace away colours at the Spurs Foundation Under 16 Girls Disability Football Tournament.
Southampton, Watford and Tottenham Hotspur were the three Premier League Clubs that Carew came up against in the round-robin tournament. Team spirit and attacking prowess led to Carew winning the first three games, but the girls ran into some stern opposition which resulted in a draw and two losses. Notwithstanding the score line, the Carew Academy players came off the pitch with a smile and were each given a medal for their participation.
“I found it fun and exhilarating. I ran up and down the pitch and tried to get the ball from the other team by tackling them and scoring as many goals as I could. It was an honour to represent Crystal Palace!” said sixth form student Rosina.
“It was fantastic to see our [Carew Academy] girls football team play in Crystal Palace kit against other Premier League Clubs. The girls were buzzing when they scored! The weather couldn’t get in the way of a fantastic day. We cannot wait to represent Crystal Palace again. Big thanks to Keon and John for helping us participate in the tournament.”
The girls resumed training in our After-School Football Club a week later that runs term-time and in partnership with Surrey FA. For more information on Palace for Life Foundation’s Disability Programmes, contact Keon Richardson on KeonRichardson@palaceforlife.org