All-girls under-12 football team becomes first in Britain to win a BOYS’ league after joining because they had no-one to play
- All-girls under 12 football team join a local boys’ league and then win the title
- Girls from SB Frankfort, of Plymouth, Devon, had no one to play football against
- The girls’ team beat the Drake FC under 12 youth team to win the boys’ league
An all-girls under 12 football team has become the first in Britain to win a boys’ league.
Girls from the SB Frankfort club, who train in Plymouth, Devon, had no one to play football with and joined the Devon Junior Minor League.
The team have made history after beating the boys’ team Drake FC under 12s to win the title.
Girls from football club SB Frankfort, who train in Plymouth, Devon, became the first in Britain to win a boys’ league. The manager of the rival boys’ team they beat congratulated the girls and said they ‘played the game in the right spirit, the way it should be played’
The team was formed four years ago after a rise in women’s football.
The girls, despite training every week, had no other teams to play against- and so decided to enter the boys’ league.
The team, pictured above in their yellow and green jersey, made history after beating the boys’ team Drake FC youth to win the Devon Junior Minor League title
Club welfare officer Adam Wallis told MailOnline: ‘You can only learn so much through training and they went out there with the idea of not worrying about results, just going out there.
‘Girls’ football has been on the rise for quite a while now, in the last two or three years there has been quite a resurgence.
‘The football [that] the team play is outstanding and they play really well.
‘The managers are immensely proud of the girls and what they have achieved’.
Assistant manager John Preston told MailOnline: ‘A lot of people said that these girls won’t be able to do this- and these girls have done.
‘To our knowledge, no other team has made such an achievement as big as this. The girls are very talented and they are all from around Plymouth.
‘They didn’t really know much about each other beforehand when the team was put together, some are friends but they didn’t know much about each other.
‘In the last season (last summer) they entered six tournaments. They won five of those, and the one that they lost was in a sudden death penalty shootout’.
The manager of the rival Drake youth boys’ team Martin Shaw congratulated the girls.
He said: ‘We were the best two teams in the league but from my perspective the girls were worthy champions.
Club welfare officer Adam Wallis told MailOnline that the managers are ‘immensely proud’ of the girls and what they have achieved. He said that there has been a ‘resurgence’ in girls’ football in the last two to three years
The team was formed four years ago after a rise in womens’ football. They joined the Devon Junior Minor League after having no one to play against
‘They were always very positive, very well organised and were coached the correct way. They played the game in the right spirit, the way it should be played and when they came up against the boys they were not scared and went in for every challenge.
‘I am not surprised by their quality. They have been together since they were seven or eight and have a good coach. They always respect the opposition and their understanding of the game is good.
‘There are no hard feelings at all that they beat us to the league. Our boys were disappointed but very respectful to the girls and I have spoken to their manager to congratulate them.’
The girls, despite training every week, had no other girls’ teams to play against- and so decided to enter the boys’ league. The all-girls under 12 football team has become the first in Britain to win a boys’ league
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