Six months ago, King Ecgbert and Queens' were just two of nearly 600 schools dreaming of a date with Wembley Stadium. This Sunday, the dream will become reality as they go head-to-head in the npower Football League Girls Cup Final.
Representing Sheffield United and Watford, the respective schools have battled through ten rounds of local and regional tournaments to reach the competition's climax ahead of kick-off on Sunday.
A national six-a-side competition for girls aged thirteen or under, the npower Girls Cup is designed to promote healthier lifestyles to schoolchildren and engage with the next generation of potential stars.
"The girls are very excited and ready to go," said Queens' PE Teacher, Katie Wilding. "They have just won the County Championship which has come at a perfect time ahead of this final.
"Most of the girls haven't even been to watch a game at Wembley so they are very lucky to be playing here."
Both sides saw off tough competition to reach their respective Area Finals giving them the chance to represent Sheffield United and Watford. From there it was a path through regional round-robins and then the Regional Finals to arrive at today's final hurdle - Wembley Stadium.
King Ecgbert or Queens' schools are less than a week away from lifting the inaugural npower Football League Girls Cup in front of an estimated 40,000-strong crowd which will cheer the teams on shortly before Brentford and Carlisle United lock horns.
"They can't wait for the game," added Natalie Coleman, PE teacher at St Ecgbert. "The girls will be in absolute awe when they get to the stadium and probably won't know what to expect.
"But it will be a great outing and we are all very proud to get to this stage and to be representing such a big football team."
Re-launched this season following sponsorship from Football League title sponsors npower, the competition is split into the Girls Cup and the Kids Cup - a national six-a-side competition for mixed U11 teams.
Delivered by The Football League Trust and the community teams at all 72 clubs, this year nearly 600 schools took part across the country in the Girls Cup meaning over 4,500 girls participated at some stage of the competition.
"The impact and increasing influence of The Football League Trust is very apparent by the growing numbers of girls and female teams getting involved in football," added Dave Edmundson, General Manager of the Trust.
"In total, 33% of the 1.2m young people engaged by our 72 community schemes are female and this is why the Girls Cup has proved so popular and successful."
For more information on the npower Football League Girls Cup please visit www.npower.com/girlscup
|Queens' School representing Watford
||King Ecgbert School representing Sheffield United|
||India Thomson - Carr|
||Tilly Hallas Potts|
|Florrie Holland King
King Ecgberts School representing Sheffield United
Queens' School representing Watford