Football, being one of the most popular sports worldwide, has found its place at WASCZ. We take great pride in announcing the establishment of our very own girls' football team. As an integral part of our sports program, football holds significant value, and our students have wholeheartedly embraced it. In May, we initiated the Upper School girls' football team with an initial participation of 7 girls, which has now grown to an enthusiastic group of 14. Our athletes are driven to compete on the field, representing our school with utmost dedication.
Promoting Gender Equality and Challenging Stereotypes:
Wycombe Abbey is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where girls feel comfortable participating in traditionally male-dominated sports. By providing girls with the opportunity to play football, we actively promote gender equality and challenge prevailing stereotypes. We believe in empowering our female students to excel in any field they choose, breaking barriers and reaching new heights.
Cultivating Sportsmanship and Valuable Life Skills:
We have cultivated a culture of sportsmanship and healthy competition within our school community. Through their involvement in football, our girls are acquiring essential life skills and values such as teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. Beyond the physical aspects, the game helps build their confidence and self-esteem, resulting in a positive overall school experience. Football teaches them the importance of working together towards a common goal and instills in them the determination to overcome challenges both on and off the field.
Words from Our Student-Athletes:
Irene Shen, a student at Somerville House, shares her perspective on playing football: "Football has allowed me to forge meaningful connections with like-minded friends. The sheer excitement I feel when I take a shot is unmatched. Additionally, football matches enhance our sense of teamwork and physical fitness, making it an incredible experience."
Anna Wei, also from Somerville House, shares her thoughts: "Football not only improves my coordination and stamina but also provides an avenue to make friends who share the same interests. Each training session brings me closer to self-improvement and personal growth."
Vivian Wu adds her thoughts: "I'm passionate about football and find immense joy in scoring goals. The tension leading up to a shot is exhilarating. Achieving my goals brings a sense of fulfillment that can't be contained. Even on bad days, I'm not discouraged; I strive to improve and maintain a positive outlook. I embrace the responsibility of safeguarding every ball and will work tirelessly to uphold this position. I may not know how long I'll be able to play, but I hope it's forever."
Guidance from Coach Mr Goran Ristic:
Under the expert guidance of Coach Mr. Goran Ristic, the girls' football team trains twice a week. His dedicated coaching has enabled our students to excel and look forward to further progress and opportunities to compete against other teams. With his expertise and commitment, the girls' football team at Wycombe Abbey continues to grow and thrive.
Invitation to Join:
We extend a warm invitation to all girls who wish to explore a new sport and embrace the camaraderie of our team. Whether you're an experienced player or just starting your football journey, you are more than welcome to join us and become part of this empowering experience.
The girls' football team at Wycombe Abbey stands as a testament to our commitment to gender equality, personal growth, and the development of well-rounded individuals. Through football, our students discover the joy of teamwork, the satisfaction of personal achievements, and the enduring friendships that are formed on and off the field. Together, we strive to create an environment where girls can pursue their passions and reach their fullest potential.