Guernsey Press

Castel Primary girls have every reason to be inspired by football

A Castel School teacher has given the school's football-mad girls a lesson in how to win – and brought in the silverware to show it.

Guernsey captain and teacher Candice Bougourd (right) and teammate Scarlett Kenneally (left) showing the school’s girls team and her year 1 pupils the Women’s Muratti trophy. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 33259720)

Year 1 teacher Candice Bougourd was the captain of the women’s Muratti team on Saturday, which beat Jersey 2-0 to lift the cup for the first time in 16 years.

‘I think that seeing a women’s team winning will make them want to be a part of that celebration. It’s fantastic that so many of our girls play football in our clubs, with the academy and other clubs,’ she said.

‘When I was younger there wasn’t a girls team. I started playing when I was 10 and joined the senior teams when I was 14. I was probably the only girl.

‘I hope the girls do the same. They all seemed really excited on Monday when they came in and said they saw me on the telly.'

Deputy head teacher Sally Dawber said: ‘The whole school is feeling so inspired by Candice and the rest of the women’s team.

'We have some members of the Muratti team come and coach our girls football sessions, which are extremely popular.’

Former pupil Maya Le Tissier, now an England international, has sent a video message to the school and promised to pop in when she could to catch up with the current pupils.