A Norfolk football team are heading to St George’s Park to take part in the National finals of The FA People’s FA Cup.
'Wild Kicks’ are a women’s team made up of seven students from Easton
and Otley College.
After winning all games in the first round that took place at the Norfolk campus of the college, Wild Kicks went to Royal Holloway University in Surrey where they participated in the regional heats last month.
The team finished third overall and are one of six teams to have qualified for the final phase.
They will now travel to Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire on Sunday 28 April 2019 where they will take part in the finals of the college female futsal category.
All winners (of the finals) will receive tickets to the 2019 Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 18 May 2019. One player from each successful team will have the opportunity to lift their trophy on the Wembley pitch at half time.
Issy Chaplin is the captain of the Wild Kicks. She said, “We don’t know the standards of any of the other teams but we have as good a chance as any of winning. We will do our best to make the college, the county and the region proud.”
Extra-curricular sports manager at the college, Sophie Hansell, said, “The format of the FA People’s Cup is great as every team is only allowed two academy football players in the squad and this can be a real leveller. The rest of the group is made up of students who are on other courses at the college.
It’s been brilliant to be able to give other students at the college the opportunity to play Football and we hope that, as a result of this, they will continue to be involved in the sport long after the tournament has ended.”
In terms of playing at St George’s Park, she added, “It will be an amazing experience and it will be something that the team can remember for years to come. I think it’s important that the team go there and enjoy the opportunity – of course winning would be the icing on the cake.