Girls Proud After Gothia Campaign

Swindon Town’s Football in the Community Trust Gothia Under 17 Girls returned from Sweden earlier this week disappointed but proud following their third-place finish at the Gothia Cup.

Town’s under-17 girls had flown to the Scandinavian country in confident mood that they could claim the first title, and their optimism certainly looked well placed as they came through the group stage comfortably.

A semi final game against  IK Grand Bodo saw Town take a one nil lead but the Norwegians hit back with two goals late on to seal their place in the final.

“We are so proud to have gone all that way,” said Shane Hewlett, Football in the Community Development Officer.

“They reached the semi-finals without conceding a single goal against some tough opposition. We beat three Swedish sides alone and one of them in their sort of ‘home’ territory. We have told all the girls to be proud of their achievement rather than be disappointed about not getting to the final. We were the only English girls’ side in the competition in our category and other teams appreciated the way we played. They did us proud, the team proud and most importantly the town of Swindon proud.”

Town were represented by girls from all over the country and would now like to see a school of excellence set up to ensure Swindon are able to send a team to the Gothia Cup each year made up of players developed from the local area.

The Trust’s aim is to form a centre for excellence to allow girls from the Town and surrounding areas to be coached at a good standard so that long term they will have a team from Swindon going to the Gothia Cup every year.

For more information on the Centre for Excellence please contact Shane Hewlett or Jon Holloway on 01793 421303 or shane@stfc-fitc.co.uk/ jon@stfc-fitc.co.uk

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