More than 200 girls from schools across Devon showed off their football skills in a tournament established in memory of former journalist and CITY Community Trust operations manager Catherine Fraser.
The six-a-side event took place at Exeter University and saw 20 teams play against each other in two competitions. And amongst the players, representing The Maynard School, was Catherine’s daughter, 14-year-old Dulcie, who is a member of CITY Community Trust’s Girls’ Development Centre.
The teams were from The Maynard School, Queen Elizabeth’s School Crediton; St Luke’s College, Exeter; Newton Abbot College; Cranbrook Education Campus; Colyton Grammar School; Exmouth Community College; Sidmouth College; St James School, Exeter; and Cullompton Community College.
Catherine's daighter, Dulcie, took part in the tournament and represented The Maynard School.
Catherine’s mum, Glenda Riley, donated funds to set up the annual tournament after Catherine sadly passed away in 2015 after losing her battle with breast cancer.The tournament was organised by CITY Community Trust, where Catherine worked with her partner Jamie Vittles, following her career as a journalist at The Times in London and more locally at the Express & Echo.
Jamie said: ‘Thanks to Glenda’s generosity we have established this tournament which gives young female footballers the chance to compete, develop their skills, have fun and be physically active.
‘Catherine was one of the first female sports editors at a national newspaper (The Times), which was, and still is, a very male-dominated career, but she didn’t let that prevent her pursuing her career. It was that belief which gave us the strapline of the tournament – ‘she believed she could, so she did’.
“She would be so proud to see how this tournament for girls has grown over the last three years, helping to provide physical activity and social opportunities for local schools, it’s a real legacy to be proud of.’
CITY Community Trust is Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity and delivers projects aimed at improving lives and helping people become more active. As well as staging the Catherine Fraser Memorial Tournament, the charity runs a number of initiatives to encourage more girls of all ages to participate in sport.
These include Grecian Wildcat Sessions which take place at St James School every Friday from June 7 – sign up here for a free taster session https://www.exetercitycommunitytrust.co.uk/grecian-girls
The organisation is also recruiting for its Girls’ Development Centre with open trials taking place at Exeter City’s Cliff Hill Training Ground on June 6 for girls aged from nine-16. For more information about this, or any other aspect of girls’ football, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the work of the CITY Community Trust visit www.exetercitycommunitytrust.co.uk