Preston North End Community and Education Trust [PNECET] has been crowned national champions after winning the Under-16 Girls' Premier League Kicks Cup.
The Under-16 Girls' Premier League Kicks Cup is one of the competition elements of the Premier League’s flagship community programme, Premier League Kicks, and celebrates the Premier League’s commitment to increasing opportunities for girls and young women to play.
Nationally, more than 21,000 girls and young women have taken part in Premier League Kicks sessions this season to date.
Established in Season 2006/07, Premier League Kicks sees more than 90 professional football clubs, in some of the most high-need areas in England and Wales, run free weekly football sessions and positive activities to inspire young people to reach their potential.
More than 150 girls from across England and Wales headed to Warwick University’s Cryfield Sports Pavilion, to take part in the Under-16 Girls' Premier League Kicks Cup.
The girls contested Luton Town, Nottingham Forest, West Bromwich Albion and Milton Keynes Dons in the group stages, finishing second.
Defensive solidity was the key throughout the tournament, as the girls conceded just one goal overall.
Two 1-0 victories over Tottenham Hotspur in the quarters and Luton Town in the semis ensured progression to the final, where the girls prevailed in a closely fought encounter with North West neighbours, Liverpool.