Surprise visit for College Merthyr Tydfil Girls Football Team


Members of the College Merthyr Tydfil’s Girls Football team had a surprise this morning when Welsh Manager Chris Coleman turned up to wish them the very best of luck before they compete in the final of the British College's Cup next week.

Getting through to the final, which will see them compete against New College Pontefract on Tuesday 3rd May, is the icing on the cake for the hugely successful team.  The team have had an excellent year of achievements and team members Claudia Meyrick, Maria Martins, Gemma Evans, Lisa Owen, Lucy Sullivan and Ceryn Chamberlain have been selected to play in the Welsh Colleges Girls’ Football Team.   

The 15 girls, who study a variety of courses from across the college, couldn’t contain their excitement when Chris walked through the door of their classroom.


“It’s all about that moment of the game.”

Lisa Owen, captain of the team commented “It’s fantastic to meet Chris Coleman. We were told that the Principal wanted to meet with us to wish us well and then Chris walked in. He was a real inspiration. We were able to ask him lots of questions from how he prepares for matches through to making sure that he achieves team building and respect amongst the Welsh team. He emphasised that it’s all about that moment of the game and that we just need to forget about everything else and go and play the best we can on Tuesday.”

Craig James, team coach and sports tutor at the college, commented “I’m so proud of the team. They thoroughly deserved to get through to the final. The players have all displayed a fantastic level of teamwork and enthusiasm over the last few months. They have been excellent throughout all of their fixtures and are very committed individuals. We are so grateful to Chris for coming in and speaking to them. It’s really helped them to focus their minds ready for Tuesday.”

The girls will travel to Tamworth on Monday night ready for the march which is being played on Tuesday afternoon. A supporter’s bus is also going up from the college to allow staff, fellow students and their families to go and cheer them along.

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