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Girls toast Wembley glory!

Victory on the greatest stage

4 April 2023

Coco Williams Everett was the hero on a memorable day at Wembley, as Surbiton High School created yet more history for Wimbledon on a national stage.

Her well taken double led us to victory in the Utilita Girls Cup Final in an action packed 2-1 win over Trinity School ahead of Sunday’s Papa John’s Trophy Final.

Prior to kick-off the team was given an exclusive tour of Wembley Stadium before being provided with new kit and Puma football boots.

In preparation for the match itself they were also given a pep talk by former England international Fara Williams MBE and ex-Liverpool goalkeeper David James.

Surbiton’s quality shone through in the final as they held on for a victory that gave them the taste of success that they narrowly missed out on at the same stage last season. To top things off they then climbed the famous Wembley steps to lift the trophy in the Royal Box!

One of the pupils, Lana Brewer said: “The journey to get here was incredible and I’ve learned so much. Playing in front of all the people cheering, the feeling was so good, and to win makes it even better.”

Zak Elbekri, Head of Football at Surbiton High School, added: “To get to this stage is an achievement in itself, but to win this time adds a bit extra to the experience. Playing at a venue like Wembley is incredible and an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

AFC Wimbledon Foundation’s Women and Girls Development Officer, Nicole Jones reflected: "What an experience! Such an amazing day for the girls, it’s one they'll never forget. To go unbeaten throughout the whole tournament and then win in the final at Wembley, tops off the whole experience. A massive well done to all the girls involved!"

Surbiton High School – AFC Wimbledon: Emilia Hebert (GK), Tilly Crone, Layla Edwards, Sophie Leach (C), Madeleine Hardy, Coco Williams Everett, Elana Tibbs, Lana Brewer

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