Education girls team finish as runners-up in Oakwell tournament

Reds in the Community girls education competed in a friendly seven-a-side tournament at Oakwell this afternoon.

The competition brought together four teams representing Barnsley FC, Bradford City, Leeds United and Rotherham United.

Our Barnsley team started by coming from 3-0 down to earn a hard-fought draw against Bradford.

They followed that up by recording big wins over Leeds and Rotherham, with the Bantams also maintaining an unbeaten record to secure a rematch of the opening game in the final.

In the competitive decider, Bradford pipped the hosts to win the tournament before being presented with medals.

Education officer Mark Crossfield enjoyed watching a high standard of football and said that he was pleased with how the tournament was predominantly run by students.

Mark said: “It went really well. Ourselves, Bradford, Leeds and Rotherham all turned up for the right reasons. Football was played really competitively. It was a very good standard of football. It was high-scoring games, fast-paced, lots of good skills and touches.

“It’s really pleasing that the tournament was run by the community, with not just neccesarily full time staff but students who are on work experience from university coming in and helping to officiate, organise and run it. It allowed the staff to take a step back and allow the students to develop that little bit further.

“It worked really well to almost launch our new indoor facility, hosting a tournament and inviting some local clubs to compete in it. Going forward it’d be great to do something similar with the same teams but also invite local schools in to come and compete in something similar.”