SWINDON Town’s Girls Centre For Excellence scheme received a major boost this week when under 15 player Karolayne Byrom was selected for the English Schools Girls Under 15s team.
Byrom competed against hundreds of girls to ensure that she will have the opportunity to represent her country in next year's international tournaments.
The youngster is now preparing for Town’s game against Spurs as well as a training camp in Tarragona in Spain. Shane Hewlett, who manages the centre for excellence, was full of praise for one of Towns emerging talents.
“Karolayne has really improved over the last three years and has proved that with hard work and drive that you can achieve your goals,” he said.
“Playing for the STFC Girls Centre for Excellence has enabled her to develop her game against the best opposition in the country and represent Swindon in international tournaments abroad.”
Karolayne’s twin sister Kayane narrowly missed out on achieving her England dreams when she managed to get to the final selection trial only to receive the news that unfortunately she had just missed out.
The pair’s achievement has capped am unbelievable rise in fortune for Swindon Town who are only in their third year as a Centre For Excellence and trust manager Jon Holloway believes there are many talented players within the set-up “We are delighted with the standard of our players and Karolayne and Kayane have set the bench for our girls to aspire to,” he said.
“In 2014 we will be taking our under 12s, 13s and 15s to the World Youth Cup in Sweden where they will have the opportunity to play against players from around the world which will help the development of their game.”
The trust are expanding their girls programme and have available spaces for girls who would like to develop their game at the Link Centre on a Monday and Stratton Community centre on a Thursday.
For more information please contact the community office on 01793 617718 .