Can they kick it? Yes they can!

JUST CHAMPION!: Whitechapel Middle School's under-12s girls' football team with their national championship medals and trophy, including Rebecca Rayner's golden boot award.
JUST CHAMPION!: Whitechapel Middle School's under-12s girls' football team with their national championship medals and trophy, including Rebecca Rayner's golden boot award.

AN UNDEFEATED girls football team has netted a national championship.

The talented footballers in Whitechapel Middle School’s under-12s girls team have carved out a 23 game winning streak to take top honours in the indoor five-a-side cup, held in Derby.

The team qualified for the tournament after overcoming rivals in the Spen Valley, Kirklees, West Yorkshire and northern regional qualifiers.

During the tournament, the girls recorded 16 victories, two draws, and scored 55 goals while conceding just seven.

At the national finals, the team emerged from their qualifying group with seven points, before overcoming Great Cornard School, from Suffolk, 1-0 in the semi-finals, to book their place in the final against Houghton Kepier School, from Durham.

With steely nerves, the team – Holly Airey, Bethany Butterfield, Bethany Howard, Rebecca Rayner, India Terry and Kurbi Wright – emerged as overall winners after an impressive 2-0 win in the final.

Captain Rebecca Rayner took the golden boot after finding the net nine times during the tournament.

Rebecca said: “It hasn’t sunk in properly yet, but I do know that I will remember this day for the rest of my life!”

The girls have been the talk of the town since their triumph, with head teacher Mike Drapan saying it was the school’s ‘proudest achievement’.

Nicholas Spence, team manager, added: “The girls deserve every bit of success that they have achieved. It’s a fantastic achievement for the team and I am so proud of them all.”