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‘Desire to succeed’ as pupils celebrate football success and prepare for Wembley final

Pupils, staff and parents at Oasis Academy Short Heath are shouting from the rooftops after celebrating another football success, as they now prepare for a playoff final at Wembley stadium later this year.

Oasis Academy Short Heath, situated in the heart of Erdington, Birmingham are celebrating as the girl’s football team has been successful in getting through to the National Championships which will take place at Wembley stadium later on this year.

Simply amazing – The girl’s played twelve games across two tournaments and had to finish in the top four to qualify, and they did just that, finishing as group winners in both tournaments.

Tom James, Sports Coach at Oasis Academy Short Heath, commented on the girl’s success, saying; “Starting out as a team 2 years ago, we have played over 50 games together, only losing 3 in 50. AMAZING. I am so lucky to have the children who have the desire to succeed.”

"From winning the Erdington and Saltley league in our first season, from entering 4 cups in 2 years, winning 2 and finishing in the semi-final in 2, to representing the school in a regional and midlands tournament, getting through to the grand finale at Wembley, such an amazing team I have had the privilege to teach and coach to success.”

Mr James trains the girl’s once a week every Tuesday and they cannot wait for the final at Wembley Stadium which hosts major football matches including home matches of the England national football team, and the FA Cup Final.

Tillie Aherne-Lloyd, pupil at Oasis Academy Short Heath and part of the football team, said; “I really love playing football with my team mates and representing the school, I don’t play for a team outside of school so playing in school and getting these opportunities are amazing.”

Shay Leigh-Meenan, also a pupil at Oasis Academy Short Heath and part of the football team, added; “I want to say thank you to Mr James and Mr Brennan for going out of their way, taking time and effort to produce these opportunities for us, we will never forget these.”