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Girls win training day
« on: March 07, 2007, 08:24:03 PM »
Enthusiastic female players and staff from Kings Houghton Middle School in Bedfordshire were given a unique opportunity yesterday, when they won the chance to visit an England Ladies Training Session as the squad prepare for their three world cup warm up matches.

Kings Houghton, against tough competition from across the county, won the trip to Arsenal FC training ground, in conjunction with Bedfordshire FA, where they observed a training session and met players and staff involved with the current England squad. 

The school have shown great commitment to Women's and Girls football, and their Head of PE Louise Lissaman, is also highly committed to developing the girls game and has been recognised by receiving a national award for her efforts. 

The group from the school contains a number of talented individuals all representing their school team and various clubs across the county. One player currently represents the Arsenal U14 Girls Centre of Excellence, all of which made them worthy recipients of such a prestigious trip.

The visit gave the group chance to see their role models in action and the preparation they have to undertake before a gruelling schedule of three tough games in just seven days. Armed with England calendars, shirts and autograph books the group were allowed to watch their heroes before getting the chance to meet the players and staff.

Charlene Ward, Girls and Women's Development Officer for Bedfordshire FA, said: “I’d like to thank the England players and staff. They were fantastic with the group and despite facing such a hectic week, it was great that they took the time to sign autographs and talk to the girls.

"Some of the Kings Houghton girls have ambitions of being future England stars and were totally in awe of the ability and the efforts of their heroes.  Hopefully this experience will help inspire them to stay involved in both school and club football and support the girls and women’s game long into the future.”

The group will now look forward to seeing Hope Powell's squad in action against Russia on Thursday when they visit MK Dons Stadium, all of them with their own ideas on the perfect England Ladies starting 11 capable of earning a confidence building win against the team ranked two places below them in the world standings.