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Football: SSE Women’s FA Cup fourth round draw with Andrea Bell
This week, Farnborough Academy pupils Ella Barrett and Tallula Panayi were chosen to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as they drew the six-ties that will make up the next round of the SSE Women’s FA Cupcompetition.
They were joined in the school hall by Nottingham Forest Ladies player Andrea Bell with Year 7 students and teachers alike also watching on for the 12-team draw. The next round of fixtures will take place on Sunday February 19 with 11-year-old Ella delighted to have played a unique role in the competition.
“It felt really good to represent the school, and I think it’s a really big deal because I love football – it’s something I really enjoy doing,” she said.
Farnborough Academy – who have former Forest defender and now PE teacher Julian Bennett among their staff – was chosen to host the draw thanks to its partnership with Teach First, a charity supported by SSE that aims to address educational inequalities in English and Welsh schools.
And head teacher Ben Chaloner believes Monday’s draw will live long in the memory of the pupils.
“We’re honoured to have the draw here,” he said. “It’s a fantastic event for the pupils, to inspire them really.
“When I got the call to say we’d host it, I was really excited. The opportunity to have the draw down here today, I couldn’t refuse that!
Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday 13th May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. For the second consecutive year, kids go free to the final. Adult tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here: ticketing.thefa.com
The Women’s Sports Magazine