She Inspires football tournament reaches its finale

MORE than 90 young women from across Merseyside competed in the final of the ‘She Inspires’ football tournament hosted by the region’s Police’s Commissioner and Chief Constable and a squad of top sporting partners.

Eight teams came together from all over Merseyside to compete in the tournament’s first ever final at the Jeffery Humble playing fields in Aintree.

The final was the culmination of a two-month project which saw approximately 120 girls, aged between 15 and 18, from areas where diversionary activities would have the biggest impact receive free training sessions from Liverpool County FA, LFC Foundation and Everton in the Community.

As well as gaining skills on the pitch, the young women had the chance to earn accredited FA qualifications and further education via the Fowler Education Football Academy, LFC Foundation Sports Works employability programme and Everton Football College.

Liverpool Feds White beat runners-up Hesketh Colts Blues 4-0 and were presented with the winning trophy and their medals by Merseyside Police’s Commissioner Emily Spurrell, Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine and Liverpool FC Women player Missy Bo Kearns.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell: “It was brilliant to see so many young women coming together today for the ‘She Inspires’ project.

“Football is a fantastic way to engage and inspire young women and I’m proud to have supported this project, giving young women across our region the opportunity to work as a team, develop leadership skills and gain qualifications to help them reach their full potential.”

“I was delighted to be able to present the awards to the winners of the tournament and see how far all the young women have come since taking part in the project. My congratulations to all involved, especially the winners at Liverpool Feds White, and a big thanks to Liverpool County FA, the coaching staff at Everton in the Community and Liverpool FC Foundation, and all our partners for supporting this event.”