GB ace Steph puts girls through paces ahead of Wembley date
NIGEL Clough's side may not make the play-offs this season – but there will be a Derby County representative side at Wembley this year.
A group of girls from Woodlands School, Allestree, will represent the Rams in the npower Football League Girls' Cup, a national six-a-side competition which will take place on the Wembley turf before the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on April 7.
They triumphed in the regional finals of the competition last week to set up a final date with Gillingham.
And to prepare the girls, who are all between the ages of 12 and 13, England Ladies and Team GB footballer Steph Houghton paid them a visit to talk tactics and tackling with the youngsters.
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Houghton said: "It was great to spend some time with the girls from Woodlands. They're a talented bunch and I wish them all the best in their final.
"I've been lucky enough to play at Wembley Stadium and there really is no beating it. If these girls play to the best of their ability, I'm sure they'll do everyone proud."
Clare McDougall, head of community and education at npower said: "The strength of the competition this year has been so high.
"Whatever the result on the day, I'm sure it will be an experience they will never forget and they would do well to remember that few professional footballers get to play at Wembley Stadium."
The npower Football League Girls' Cup has had 703 entries from schools with over 5,500 pupils involved since it kicked off in November 2011.
Meanwhile, there was good news for Derby County Centre of Excellence player Sophie Baggaley after she was selected for the England Under-19 talent ID camp later this month.
Goalkeeper Baggaley, from Alfreton, will join up with the rest of the England team on Sunday, March 17 at the University of Warwick.