It was the girls who took centre stage when the award for the county’s best school sports team was announced.
All three finalists featured talented members of the fairer sex who have all represented their schools with distinction.
Taking the title for 2014 were the Under 14s girls’ football team from Stannington’s Forge Valley Community School, who were nominated by their proud coach Tony Cartwright and assistant Glynn Smith.
He said: “The girls have trained and worked so hard to become Sheffield champions twice in two years and they are an absolutely fabulous bunch.
“When they began they were shy but they really developed. They beat Birley Community College both times in the final- this year it was 6-0.
“It will be different this year because several of them have said they want to concentrate on their GCSEs.”
The two runners up were highly commended for their achievements over the last school year.
The girls’ gymnastics team from Ballifield Primary School in Handsworth haven’t been going very long, but the youngsters have already made quite an impact.
In fact 2014 was a spectacular year, with the team winning their area eliminator, before going on to triumph at the Sheffield city championships and then taking the South Yorkshire title too.
Their nomination said: “The girls have worked hard all year round. They put all their energy into the team and are a credit to their school.”
Also commended were the girls Under 13 cricket team from Barnsley’s Horizon Community College.
Their proud coach Adrian Darlow said: “The team have recently finished runners up out of 733 schools who entered the Lady Taverners’ Indoor Cricket competition.
“They then won the South Yorkshire event, and after this they won the all-Yorkshire competition. It was then off on a trip to Lord’s cricket ground in London where they lost just one game to the eventual winners. The fact that only three girls play cricket out of school makes their success even more remarkable.”
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