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Sophie shines at tournament
 Women's Football News 27 Jan 2012
 
Sophie shines at tournament - 27 Jan 2012 - Women's Football NewsEach year, every School Sport Partnership in Northamptonshire holds a girls year 5 and 6 district football competition where two teams are then chosen to progress to the County finals. 
 
This Thursday saw the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston tournament hosted at Corby Business Academy and nine different Primary school teams entered from across the district. The community in Corby love their football and are always guaranteed good support from the local schools, parents and local clubs.
 
The festival was particularly exciting this year as they were fortunate enough to have Sophie Bradley, of Lincoln Ladies and England, come along to speak to the girls and support the event.
 
Prior to the start of the tournament, all 100 girls gathered in a large lecture room where they got the chance to ask Sophie all sorts of questions. When asked what number shirt she usually plays in, everyone with a number 5 or 6 shirt on became more excited that they shared their shirt number with Sophie!
 
Sophie covered lots of questions from nutrition to how much training she does, how many goals she has scored and how she came to play for England.
 
After the questions, it was time for the girls to show their skills and compete for the District trophy. There were several group matches before the semi finals and final. Sophie went round to meet the teams and encourage them. She was really helpful, giving advice on how to warm up properly for each match, asking teams how they could improve for the next match and praising players when they did well.
 
A couple of local clubs were also in attendance at the event handing out flyers and promoting their clubs. One of these was the recently formed Corby Gems, who achieved their Charter Standard Award at the weekend and are the first female only youth club in Corby. They currently have three girls teams and are looking to develop more teams at younger age groups.
 
Both semi finals went to 'Golden Goal' and then penalties. In the first semi final, every player from Rockingham hit the same post in the same place, unfortunately resulting in them missing out on a final spot while Woodnewton progressed to the final. The other semi final went to sudden death penalties, with the St Patricks goalkeeper saving most kicks but her team was unable to take advantage against Danesholme until the third attempt. It was questionable as to who went more crazy, the players or the staff!
 
In the Final, Sophie picked her player of the tournament, who had been outstanding all afternoon and it was her team, St Patricks who just edged the final 2-1 against Woodnewton but both teams will progress to the County Finals next week.
 
Everyone returned to the lecture hall where the presentations took place. Each player received a goody bag from the Northamptonshire FA and a signed photo of Sophie Bradley.
 
St Patricks and Woodnewton will now represent the district in the County Finals next Friday where in each of the last four years, the winner has come from this district.
 
A big thank you to Matt Pelezok for organising the festival and a huge thanks to Sophie for coming along and enthusing all the girls.

 
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