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Two schoolgirls from Liverpool played a starring role in the SSE Women’s FA Cup today, as they conducted the draw for the sixth round of the competition.
Isabelle Randles, 12, and Mona Dimitrova, 16, both from Holly Lodge Girls’ College, were joined by Liverpool LFC’s Gemma Bonner and Siobhan Chamberlain who watched on as the eight clubs were pulled out of the hat. The Liverpool stars spent time with pupils from the school before joining in with a football session.
Andy Keen, head teacher at Holly Lodge Girls’ College, said: “Sport has long been a passion of the girls at Holly Lodge. This enthusiasm, coupled with our excellent facilities and committed staff, made us a perfect fit for this draw which we were thrilled to host. Both girls were excited by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the young women of Liverpool in the draw for the biggest women’s football cup competition in England.”
Bonner and Chamberlain, whose Liverpool side defeated Everton 2-1 after extra-time on Sunday, saw themselves drawn against Notts County in the next round of the competition.
Chamberlain said: “We said at the start that we wanted a home game and we got that. There are no easy games at this stage – every team has a strong squad with good players. It’s all about performance on the day so we’re going to work hard and look forward to the game on Sunday.”
The sixth round ties will be played on Sunday 26 March and each winning club will receive £4,000 from The FA prize fund.
This season has seen each draw made by pupils at schools around the country as part of SSE’s new partnership with education charity Teach First. By involving pupils in the draws and bringing female footballers to speak in the classroom, the activity aims to encourage more girls to get involved with grassroots football projects and provide inspirational role models to schools in low-income communities.
Liverpool defender Gemma Bonner said: “It is an exciting time for girls’ football and women’s football in general and I think events like today show that. To see so many young girls supporting us at the draw was great and hopefully we can inspire the next generation. Today is a day they won’t forget – that is for sure – and hopefully we can help get more girls involved in sport, and football.”
John Stewart, SSE’s director of human resources, said: “We are extremely proud to sponsor the SSE Women’s FA Cup and to see the number of people attending the Final growing year on year. It’s been an exciting tournament so far, with more to come as we enter into the sixth round.”
“Through our partnership with Teach First, we are raising the aspirations of girls from low-income communities, particularly in the areas of STEM science and sport, by holding the draws for the SSE Women’s FA Cup at Teach First schools around the country.”
“We hope to see another record breaking crowd at the Final later this year and we’ll again be giving our customers access to special offers and the chance to win money-can’t-buy experiences at this fantastic family day out.”
This season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday 13 May, kick-off at 5.15pm. Tickets for the Final are on sale now and, thanks to The FA’s partnership with SSE, children can attend for free.
Adult tickets are priced £15 and group booking and charter standard discounts apply. Tickets can be bought via www.TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 0844 826 2010.
For more information please visit www.TheFA.com/Womens or on Twitter via @WomensFACup.
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