Runners-up accolade as girls go from strength-to-strength
Oakham School’s Under 18 football team has rounded off an extraordinary season which has led them all the way to the ISFA National Cup Final and placing them second in the country.
The final was held at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre – a suitably inspiring location for both the players and the numerous parents, pupils and Old Oakhamians who came to support.
The team had reached the final for the second time in five years, beating six of the best footballing teams in the country, including ACS Cobham, who they had previously beaten to win the National Championship in 2015.
In the final the girls faced last year’s finalists, Alleyn’s School, who proved to be too strong an opposition after an incredibly hard-fought match.
Coach Rob Johnson said: "The girls knew the final would be a challenge, but after a successful season to date and semi-final victory built on solid defensive work and endeavour, they approached the game with positivity and worked tirelessly throughout.
"The final score of 5-1 showed just how incredibly strong the competition were and the girls are now both set and fired-up for the challenge of reaching the finals again next year.”
Oakham has, over the last five years under Johnson's coaching, gained a reputation for excellence on the football pitch – having been crowned winners of the ISFA U18 National Schools Cup in 2015 and reaching at least the quarter finals in every year since.
Students also regularly win places in the ISFA U18 Midlands squad as well as in the English Schools U18 squad.