Kathryn Heatherington, Head of PE at Bolton School Girls’ Division, said: “There is certainly a lot to celebrate for girls’ football in school at the moment!”
Year 10 pupil Lizzy Harkness was chosen as part of the England Women’s U15 team and took part in a European Double Header Fixture Camp. Following this latest achievement, her parents, Duncan and Saira Harkness, said: “We were thrilled to hear that she has been selected as part of the England Women’s U15 Team who travel to Switzerland this February.”
In 2017, Lizzy was signed by Everton, one of the Premier League’s Tier 1 Regional Talent Clubs (RTCs). At the end of that season, she was signed for the forthcoming two seasons, progressing through to the U16s team with the opportunity to move on to youth/reserve teams thereafter.
Meanwhile, Anna Phillips in Year 11 was invited to join the England Women’s U16 team at Loughborough University for matches against Spain, Italy and France.
Anna’s dad, Simon Phillips, said: “We are really proud of Anna’s achievements so far considering she was playing grassroots football two years ago with Academy Juniors. Since joining Manchester City (another Tier 1 RTC with the same opportunities) in January 2017 her game has gone from strength to strength. Anna works extremely hard as she trains four times a week plus a match every Saturday.
Her England selection is a fantastic achievement and is a result of all the hard work she has put in.
“She is managing to balance her academic studies with her passion for football. This has been helped by the support of school who understand the commitments she is making. Who knows where the journey will take her? However, as long as Anna keeps enjoying the game we will continue to support her.”