Fleet’s Elvetham Heath Primary School will this afternoon represent Aldershot Town in the Southern Regional Final of the National League Trust Under 11 Girls Cup at Gander Green Lane.
The Shots will play five round-robin matches – including a local derby against Woking – before the top two teams play a Final to decide who will progress to the Southern Final in April, for a chance to play at Wembley Stadium before to kick-off in the National League Promotion Final.
Maidstone United, Bognor Regis Town and Eastleigh, as well as hosts Sutton United, are also represented.
Elvetham Heath came through a fiercely-contested competition at Alderwood Senior School earlier this month, winning five and drawing one of their six matches and scoring 25 goals in the process.
The National League Trust is a charity that offers grant aid to National League clubs to support and develop their community projects, with over £5million distributed so far. This money comes from the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, who have committed to support the Trust until 2019. They each contribute to an annual donation of £1.2m. 59 National League clubs are currently running projects and receiving funding from the Trust.
The Shots Foundation, launched in July 2017, aims to use the power of sport and the brand of Aldershot Town FC to offer a range of health-related activities to charities, community groups and schools. It has already launched football projects for members of Rushmoor’s Nepalese community, local homeless people, and a Sunday morning coaching session for girls aged 5-11 at St Joseph’s Primary School. For further information on the Shots Foundation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.