14 July 2011

Crosby Stages 'World Cup'

Jody Handley and Alex Greenwood

Everton Ladies stars help out at local tournament.

England may have been left disappointed in the recent Women’s World Cup, but some local girls were left overjoyed as they won the ‘Crosby World Cup’. 

A scheme set up in Crosby saw local primary schools battle for the title in their own version of the World Cup, with teams being made up of schoolgirls from years four and five.

The competition was led by Everton Ladies FC and Chesterfield High Sports College, in which six primary schools received coaching from Everton’s own Natasha Dowie, leading up to the tournament.

Toffees Ladies stars Jody Handley and Alex Greenwood even took up the whistle to be special guest referees for the tournament.

Eventually the winners were St Nicholas School, who defeated St Edmunds/St Thomas to claim the crown.

Penni Allen, the sports manager at Chesterfield Sports College, revealed the success the tournament brought and thanked Everton for their cooperation.

“For the girls to work alongside players from Everton Ladies is great,” she said.

“They are fantastic role models and really encourage the girls to get stuck in and try their best.

“The afternoon proved to be a success thanks to the hard work of all involved in the ladies team, so many thanks to Everton for all their support.”

Allen also saved a special mention to praise the work Natasha Dowie had put in.

“Natasha worked so hard in all the schools to develop the girls’ skills in such a short time and this was really evident at the competition,” she added.

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