Branksome Heath Middle School Girls’ team could not wear their black-and-pink kit after winning through to the English Schools’ Football Association Under-12 Five-a-Side Cup, because of FA rules forbidding anybody but referees to wear black and thanks to an appeal through the Daily Echo, the Steve Bernard Foundation, Neil Bichard and Team Jobs stepped forward as sponsors for a new kit.
The girls’ team achieved the best placing of any girls from Poole in the finals in Derby and were the first squad from Branksome Heath to take part in a national sporting final.
Headteacher Stuart Fox said: “They won one, lost one and drew one and therefore didn’t go to the grand final but the team that beat them did and won the competition.
“To play in national finals and be as close as it was shows how well they have developed as a team and although there was disappointment for not winning, they have achieved the best placing of any girls from Poole and the first from Branksome Heath in a national sporting final.”
The girl's paraded the new kit at AFC Bournemouth before the tournament.