13 JUL 2015

Maidstone Girls in top two of over 1000 UK teams

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald was delighted to join the Girls' Football Team at Loose Primary School recently to celebrate their success at the under 11's Danone Nations Cup.

Mrs Grant first met the girls after she was invited to take a tour of Loose Primary School and hear all about their success in Sport. Since then the team have gone from strength to strength after representing Kent in the South East stage of the tournament last April.

The girl's achievement took them on to the national finals in Birmingham where they represented the whole of the South East. They fought their way to the semi-final where they were victorious in extra time and penalties.

The competition came to a nail-biting finale and the girls put in a fantastic performance. They came second place after losing 1-0 in the last minute. This does nothing however, to overshadow their historic record of success. Over 1,000 schools across the UK entered the competition and the girls have done Maidstone and the South East proud.

Helen said:

"This is a really exciting time in women's football. We have just watched our lionesses perform spectacularly in the Women's World Cup and it is brilliant to see the same enthusiasm reaching the grassroots."

"As their local MP and the former Sports Minister, I could not be more proud of Loose Primary's girls and all they've accomplished. I was delighted to be able to congratulate them in person and tell them just how special this achievement is."

Parent, Debbie Wilson said:

"Words cannot describe how proud we are of our girls. Not only have they made history for the School but for the South East. Their commitment and love for the game showed through every stage of the competition."

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