Street Soccer London’s first event as Team England partner ended in silverware as England women lifted the Four Nations Cup in Edinburgh.
A terrific weekend for our players ended in celebration with both teams impressing a busy crowd on both days.
Jack Badu, Team England Womens Coach, spoke of his admiration at the squad gelling so well across a warm weekend in the Scottish captial.
“This has been one of the best tournaments I have ever been involved in. Everyone has enjoyed themselves and that has been the most important thing for me. The relationships we have built this weekend, is something we will have for the rest of our lives. It doesn’t end here!”
Both the men and women teams were supportive of one another, adding to a great atmosphere at the Mound in Princes Street.
The boys, lead by Craig McManus, were naturally disappointed at losing the final to Northern Ireland but created bonds with one another that will be crucial for their development going forward.
The highlight of the weekend came on Sunday afternoon as the women defeated Northern Ireland 7-3 in a tightly contested affair.
Goals from Elesha and Hannah, in addition to hat-tricks each from Sian and Zainab were enough to ensure that the Four Nations trophy was headed back to London.
Goalkeeper for the weekend Becky, was delighted with her experience on her travel up from Liverpool.
“The way we have all gelled together has been amazing. I was quite overwhelmed when I first got there but its all been worth it, I’ve made new friends for life here.”
They laughed, they danced, they loved it. Our Team England squad for 2021 made the most of their chance to represent their country and made us all enormously proud. Well done to both teams and a big thank you to everyone who supported such a special event.
Team England: Sian Bah, Zanaib El-Mouden, Elesha Edman, Becky Halpin, Hannah Murphy, Sanchia Napier-Lawrence, Hayley Doran.
Frankie Juma, Imrane Assafi Yaya, Shan Michael, Samuel Kur, Cherif Wahab, Marc Harvey, Mounir Jdaa, Yassin Mohammed.