Fair play award for women’s team

A team of women footballers from Wallsend came away from a national competition with an award for their behaviour on the pitch.

TyneMet Ladies were one of two regional teams competition in the National Final of the StreetGames Football Pools Fives at St George’s Park and were honoured with a Fair Play Award.

They had reached the finals after winning the regional finals in June, and were supported on the day by former England player Gareth Southgate and Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton.

The team was part of 16 teams of 160 young men and women who took part in the 5-a-side football tournament at The FA’s state-of-the-art national football centre in Burton-Upon-Trent.

TyneMet, who had been backed by England women’s player Steph Houghton before the tournament, won two and drew two of their games which was enough to see them qualify for the semi-final stage.

In a very tense match infront of a large crowd they were narrowly beaten by the eventual winners, West Midlands team CS Allstars.

Megan McKenzie, of TyneMet women’s team, said: “If feels really good to be here at St George’s Park. We know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’ve really tried to make the most of it.

“StreetGames Football Pools Fives has been run very well and we are delighted to be a part of it.”