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Biggest Ever Football Session 2023

On the 8th March, the King Edward Aston Partnership hosted The Biggest Ever Football Session for primary and secondary girls across the partnership. This is a national programme run by the Football Association and the Youth Sport Trust to lobby for equal access to football for girls during curriculum and extra-curricular time. 24 primary teams and 20 secondary team took part in the festival, with 506 girls participating in our tournament. We were lucky enough to be joined by representatives from the Football association and ex England Lionesses, Faye White and Laura Bassett. 


Despite snow all day, all the games were played in a great spirit, with schools representing a country playing in this years' women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. After a very close first round stage, the four teams who won their groups progressed to the semi-finals. In the primary event, the bronze medals were shared between King Solomon International Business school and Mansfield Green Primary. In the gold medal match, Paget Primary overcame Conway Primary to win the title of the Biggest Ever Primary Football Session Champions 2023.


As the snow continued to fall, 20 secondary schools competed in 4 different pools. George Dixon Academy, King Edward Handsworth Girls, Holy Trinity and Washwood Heath all won their groups and headed into the semi-finals. In the bronze medal match, King Edward Handsworth Girls and Washwood Heath shared the bronze medals, with George Dixon Academy pipping Holy Trinity to the gold medals.


All the matches across the day were played in a great spirit, with some exciting talent on the pitch. Well done to all the girls who took part and a big thanks to the FA, Sport Birmingham, our referees, Aston Villa FC, young leaders from Hall Green School and to all the staff who supported the event. Highlights were shown on ITV Central news as well as live radio interviews with some of the staff and girls at the event. A future case study will be produced by the FA and Youth Sport Trust in due course. Across the country, 285,000 girls took part in the Biggest Ever Football Session - enough to fill Wembley Stadium three times over!

Primary results


Group 1

1st Mansfield Green

2nd The Oval

3rd Greet 

4th Starbank

5th Cromwell

6th Bordesley Village


Group 2

1st Paget (by coin toss)

2nd Adderley 

3rd Audley

4th Washwood Heath

5th Leigh Trust

6th Lozells- did not attend


Group 3

1st Conway

2nd Oasis Blakenhale

3rd Westminster

4th Benson

5th English Martyrs'

6th St Chad's


Group 4

1st King Soloman

2nd Chilwell Croft 

3rd Olive School, Birmingham

4th Montgomery 

4th Prince Albert

6th Blakesley Hall


Final 1-4 placing after finals

1st Paget

2nd Conway

3rd Mansfield Green

4th King Soloman


Congratulations to Conway from the Central Area in placing 2nd.


Secondary results


Pool 1

1st Holy Trinity

2nd Starbank 1

3rd Yardley's 1

4th  Prince Albert


Pool 2

1st Ark Victoria 1

2nd Yardley's 2

3rd Broadway 

3rd Holyhead 2

5th St John Wall


Pool 3

1st King Edwards Handsworth 1

2nd George Dixon 2

3rd Starbank 2

4th Holyhead 1

5th Waverley 2


Pool 4

1st George Dixon 1

2nd King Edwards Handsworth 2

3rd Hall Green

4th Ark Victoria 2

5th Waverley 1


Final 1-4 placing after finals

1st George Dixon 1

2nd Holy Trinity

3rd Ark Victoria 1

3rd  King Edward Handsworth 1