Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager and academy coach James Marrs spoke of his delight after the girls’ academy side Worthing College secured an emphatic 7-0 victory over Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) in the Sussex Schools County Cup.
Braces from Caroline Hodgson and Hayley Bridge, along with strikes from Brook Pallant, Jodie Pallant and Emily Baker saw Albion Worthing College ease to victory at the Dripping Pan on Wednesday following their Hampshire Cup victory over Itchen College last month.
Worthing College play a prominent role in the women and girls programme at Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s Football Club, with this female academy bridging the gap between the Girls’ Centre of Excellence and the senior women’s set-up. The academic pathway is delivered by Worthing College fit’s around the training schedule, offering the best possible combination of a joint football and education programme.
Marrs told seagulls.co.uk, “I am absolutely delighted with the effort and endeavour which the girls showed to claim another trophy.
“The players remained professional and were fully focused throughout the whole 90 minutes and they fully deserve to win this competition.
“For the Worthing College players to claim yet another trophy in our the first year as part of the academy programme side is a fantastic achievement and every single one of the girls should be very proud with how they’ve progressed this season.”
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The Albion manager believes that yesterday’s victory was another indicator of the bright future for the women and girls' set-up, with two of the players, Danielle Rowe and Emily Baker, having already appeared for the first team this season.
“It’s frightening to think of the potential that we have here in the squad, especially when you consider that we had two players [Baker and Rowe] with first-team experience playing in the game on Wednesday.
“We also have England under-15 and under-16 internationals in the centre of excellence sides who have not reached the academy age level yet, and it will be very exciting to see how these players will progress in the coming years.
“What is especially pleasing is that all of the teams here at the club are winning games by playing attractive, passing football in the Brighton way. We cannot ask for much more than that.”
Elite women and girls' football manager Tracy Doe echoed Marrs's sentiments and believes that the club's partnership with Worthing College is going from strength-to-strength.
She added, "This is a fantastic start for the first season of our partnership with Worthing College and I am sure that this is only the beginning in terms of silverware and trophies for the girls' academy. The future looks extremely bright for the women and girls' section here at the club and it's fitting that we are starting to repay the commitment they have shown us."