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14 July 2017

The Gillingham FC Girls Academy team were presented with their league shield and winners' medals today after a successful season.

The team clinched the South East Counties Women's Football League Division One East title in their last game of the season, after a hard-fought campaign across the year.

Coaches Georgia Bowie and Ian Cox organised the End of Season celebration for the team, with Gillingham FC Chairman Paul Scally, Head Coach Ady Pennock, and Director of Football Peter Taylor on hand to present the girls with their awards.

Alongside the league shield and their individual winners' medals, the girls were also presented with the player of the season awards. Vice-captain Emma Squirrell was awarded both Coaches' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year, with centre midfielder Shannon Burden and captain Jade Tinsley taking second and third place.

Head Coach Ady Pennock said: "The girls have had a fantastic season; they've become league champions and I am very proud of them.

"It's a fantastic achievement, and I was delighted to be part of their celebrations."

Coach Ian Cox added: "I'm immensely proud of this group of individuals, not only in the way they have gone about their practical sessions, but in the way they have developed as individuals too."

Reflecting on the season, captain Jade Tinsley said: "The season has had its ups and downs. We started off good, and then had a bit of a dip just after Christmas, but from then we pulled together and played as a team, working hard and staying focused, which led to us winning the league."

Girls and Women's Development Officer Georgia Bowie added: "It's been a pleasure to watch the girls grow socially, psychologically, physically, and technically. I've been very honoured to be part of their success story; they're a credit to themselves, the Trust and the Club, and I wish them all the very best next season."

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