6 June 2011
Girl's football tournament hailed a success

The Under 15s 5-a-side tournament ran in a league format ensuring that all seven teams who took part enjoyed a minimum of six games.

Sunderland Women’s FC Captain Stephanie Bannon was on hand to present trophies to the winning team as well as the Top Scorer and Best Player of the Tournament.

The final of the tournament was a four goal thriller between Nissan Blues and Nissan Whites with Nissan Blues taking the tournament title.

Brogan McHugh of Nissan Blues took the tournament’s Top Scorer trophy whilst Rachael Vassello of Nissan White’s took the Best Player trophy.

Stephanie Bannon, Sunderland Women’s FC Captain commented:

“It’s great to see girls given the opportunity to compete in well run tournaments such as this that give them the chance to develop their skills and gain vital match experience. SAFC Foundation’s increased work to helping the girls side of the game grow is very encouraging to see.”

Amy Metcalfe, SAFC Foundation Washington Millennium Centre Co-ordinator commented:

“We’d like to thank all the players, coaches, parents, supporters and most of all the Washington Millennium Centre who helped make this happen. Here at SAFC Foundation we are dedicated to inclusion and opportunities for all not only in sport but in education and community too and it’s heartening to see so many people get behind our work.”

A similar tournament is planned for the Summer holiday which will hopefully take in more age groups. Teams are advised to register their interest by emailing

SAFC Foundation have recently launched a Girls Only coaching session to help develop young female players aged 6-14 years in the region which runs at Crowtree Leisure Centre every Thursday from 5.30-6.30pm and cost £2 per session.

SAFC Foundation, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, worked with more than 40,000 young people and their families in the Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham areas.  The organisation helped people across these regions build their confidence and self-esteem, develop relationships, improve their parenting skills, become more involved in community life, get back into mainstream education, improve their well-being and much more.

SAFC Foundation’s work at the Washington Millennium Centre is funded by the Washington Millennium Centre Trust, Northumbria Police and Sunderland City Council.

Washington Millennium Centre was built as part of the Barclays Space 4 Sport programme.

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More than 45 girls took part in a special Girl’s Football Tournament at Washington Millennium Centre last week organised and run by SAFC Foundation.
Nissan Blues & Whites pose with their trophies and Stephanie Bannon (left) and Amy Metcalfe (right)
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