1 December 2023
Sisters Issy and Zara Plano, Year 8 and Y10 pupils in Bolton School Girls’ Division, have both been selected for the Greater Manchester County Schools’ Football Association squads. Both girls are actually playing a ‘year up’ as they represent the U14s’ and U16s’ teams. They were chosen for the squads after 3 trials over the last couple of months. Their first games were against Cheshire in early October and both were in winning teams, securing victories in the Northern Counties League. Their next matches will be against Lancashire at the end of the month.
In August, Zara took part in the ISFA U16 representative camp and, off the back of that, was selected for the U16 National Squad. Zara will attend several camps with the squad, the first one being in the October half term. Zara has also been selected for the Top Talent Programme of the FA Women’s England Talent Pathway, which involves training with them on a regular basis and the possibility of selection for national camps. Zara signed for Manchester City’s U19s’ team over the summer. Issy plays for Bolton Wanderers.