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Merseyrail Ladies FC youth team reaches elite national tournament
Merseyrail Ladies FC Under-15s have been invited to represent Liverpool at an elite national football tournament.
The team will be competing in the Pitchero All Cities Elite Shield (ACES) Nationals which is open to the top league or cup winners to represent their town and cities.
Over the last two years, the under-15s have won the League Cup twice and finished joint second in the 2018-19 season.
Merseyrail Ladies FC was formed in 2013 and is well on its way to becoming the largest women’s football club in the North West not attached to a male club.
Their stadium - Admiral Park in Toxteth - is the first stadium not to be affiliated with a men’s club, and they are sponsored by local rail operator Merseyrail.
The under-15s were chosen to represent Liverpool at the Pitchero ACES due to their continued growth, development and progression into one of the best teams in Liverpool.
Mark Hills, Merseyrail Ladies FC Manager, said: “Our team has worked hard for several years to reach the levels required to compete in such an event and, although we registered last season, we were deemed not quite good enough.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the girls, and we can’t wait to compete against the other brilliant teams across the country.”
Jane English, People Director at Merseyrail, said: “We are very proud to sponsor such a high-achieving and developing club as Merseyrail Ladies FC.
“It’s a huge moment for the under-15s to be invited to compete at the Pitchero ACES, especially as women’s football is growing so rapidly and Merseyrail Ladies FC represents the sport perfectly.
“Working with and improving the local community is at the heart of what we do at Merseyrail – and this partnership is just one of the ways we do this.”
Neil Lancaster, Chairman at Merseyrail Ladies FC, added: “It is absolutely fantastic that our ladies have been invited to represent Liverpool in the Finals.
“It is testament to Mark and his coaching staff and we wish them the very best of luck.”