Big night out for Barking Abbey

PUBLISHED: 13:36 21 May 2013

The UEFA women's Champion League trophy

The UEFA women's Champion League trophy


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Members of the Barking Abbey Girls Football Academy can look forward to a night out at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge after they registered success amongst over 100 other female students at a recent colleges five-a-side tournament run by the London FA.

The event, which took place at Hackney Community College in East London, included ten teams from colleges in and around the capital.

After remaining unbeaten during the group stages, Barking Abbey overcame Leyton Sixth Form in the final to win ten free tickets to the UEFA Women’s Champions League final on Thursday May 23.

Those who took part were also lucky enough to have their picture taken with the Women’s Champions League Trophy and Academy Coach Sharon Brownlie said: “Our league fixtures have been few and far between this season, so it was good for our players to be offered the opportunity to take part in this event.”

There was a large turnout of talented young footballers at London Marathon Playing Fields in Hainault recently as Barking Abbey Girls Football Academy hosted their annual trials, with preparations already beginning for the 2013/14 season.

The Girls Football Academy programme, based at Barking Abbey School, was set up in 2009 and combines sixth form education with the opportunity to play and train every day.

Successful students get to choose from a broad range of A Level and BTEC subjects whilst enjoying a regular training and fixture programme.

Other strands are also available to students including leadership, coaching and refereeing.

Brownlie added: “There was some real quality on show. We not only focus on the footballing ability of our players but also their academic credentials, and we can look forward to welcoming these young females into both our sixth form and our football programme.”

Further details are available from Brownlie on 020 8270 6891 or

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