The Lionesses League was established by us back in 2018 to provide all girls with opportunities to play in football matches against other girls - one of the first inter-school girls football leagues in the county. Since it's inception, the league has been unpublished with teachers agreeing on the level of experience within their matchday squad before fixtures which has enabled schools to provide matches both for competitive and more experienced players to play against each other as well as those girls who have only just put on their first pair of studded boots and shin pads. Matches are played with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment and one of the successes of the league has been the number of girls who have taken part across the five schools over the years. The Lionesses League has also, proudly, seen a steady stream of girls - of all abilities - play in their first ever football match within this setup before going on to join teams outside of school and even go on to represent the county in the sport. At Burghill Community Academy, we have even run school trips to both the Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium and the Women's Euro 2022 competition to provide girls with an opportunity to watch elite-level women's football.
The Demi Edwards Cup was set up in 2022 to provide girls across the schools with an opportunity to play in a competitive tournament as a progression and extension of our unpublished Lionesses League. One of each school's Lionesses League fixtures becomes a Demi Edwards Cup fixture with two teams eventually progressing enough to play each other in a cup final and compete for a trophy to display in the school's trophy cabinet for the year. The cup has been named after the Herefordian footballer Demi Edwards, who is a role-model for all the girls representing their schools in this competition. Demi currently plays in attack for QPR Women in The FA Women's National League and she is also a member of the British Armed Forces Women's Football Team, representing Britain on a number of occasions against other nations.