Change The Game

Posted at 11:53 am on 16th July, 2019

As the Womens Football World Cup semi-final got underway our female sporting stars embraced the football fever in celebration of their own sporting achievements at Flixton Girls School.

Lipa Nessa Youth Sports Trust, Youth Ambassador, Coach at KINJA FC, Just Strong Ambassador, UCFB Ambassador, Host of ‘I Think She’s Offside’ Podcast and Youth Board Middlesex FA member was our guest speaker. She spoke to a packed audience of parents, students, staff and visitors about her achievements that included her invitation from Adidas to attend the opening game of the Women’s Football World Cup. She was surprised and honoured to be asked to walk onto the pitch and handover the actual match football to the players/referee. Her message was to ‘Change the Game and strive to always chase your dreams – it’s never too late to make a change; small steps can make life long changes’. Her closing quote was; ‘I’m going to change the world with a hijab on my head, and a ball at my feet.’

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A range of student performances included the school choir’s ‘Les Miserable medley, which opened the event, dance and gymnastics. Primary school students from St Michael’s Primary School delighted the audience with their performance that included their interpretation of Michael Jackson’s Thriller’.

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Students across all year groups received awards for their successes and teamwork and helped entertain and host the event. Among the awards were Team of the Year, which went to the Under 14’s Basketball Team after becoming North Trafford champions this year and conceding only one basket. They team have really developed well together with three of its members being selected to play national league basketball. The Excellence Awards for KS3 went to Evie Peet and the KS4 award went to Breanna Bradshaw.

We were also pleased to welcome two further partner primary schools to receive our Healthy Learning Trust – going to St Mary’s Primary and Kings Road Primary School. Additionally, FGS year 10 Tyana Reid was awarded the HLT Pathways Award for her exemplary attitude towards the 5 pathways (Academic, Physical, Emotional, Nutritional, Social and Moral) in everything she does. Tyana Reid represents Great Britain in the discipline of Rhythmic gymnastics and has competed recently in Greece where she and her team won three gold medals. With a heavy training schedule and competing at an elite level, Tyana has maintained grade 1 outstanding work ethic for all her subjects.

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Lipa Nessa said ‘It was an honour to be the guest speaker at @FlixtonGS trying to inspire not only the youth but the room. Let’s better ourselves for the next generation, let’s make sports a priority and champion the youth! I’m now an honorary member, thank you! #rollofhonour. Also thanks Ellie Houston for showing me around today, and good luck with your new role as Head Girl!’

St Michael’s teacher Ms Tomlinson quoted ‘My daughter was so impressed with the performances of FGS students that she already wants to put her name down to attend; even though she won’t be eligible for a few years to come.’

Ms Tedford tweeted: ‘Tonight was a showcase of wonderful talent and exemplified how students and staff have been #madebysport @madebysport’ Massive thank you to @FGSsports  PE TEAM and @FlixtonGS performing arts team and staff involved in tonight’s sports awards evening. Events like this don’t happen by accident. I could not be more proud of everyone involved. Both students and staff were fantastic! ‘

The event came to a conclusion with a vote of thanks from our outgoing Head Girl Erin Jones followed by a dance finale and thanks by CEO Head teacher Mrs Hazeldine.

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