Girls return after Triumphant Tour

21 girls, who are based at St John Bosco Arts College, took part in the football tour which saw them play against the UAE National side and take in the world famous sights.

Football is the most popular sport in Dubai and the UAE and is widely played in schools. Women's football is also on the rise with the new UAE FA IPIC Women's Football League launching last year.

Led by Sports Tutor Stacey McMahon, the girls took part in training sessions at the JA Centre of Excellence, a top UAE training facility which hosts leading European football clubs and international teams.

With training under their belt, the girls played in a fixture against the Under 17s UAE national side. It was a fantastic game played in tough conditions with the team winning 4-0. Goals came from students Georgia Davies, Phoebe Graham (2) and Katy Beattie Student Lydia Hodgson, says: "Having the chance to visit such an amazing country, build friendships and visit so many wonderful places was an experience I will never forget. Being able to captain the team to victory over the UAE national team was a proud moment and a highlight of the trip."

Off the field the girls visited many of Dubai's famous landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, traditional Souks and the huge Dubai mall - equivalent in size to more than 50 football fields!

Reflecting on a great trip, Sports Tutor Stacey McMahon said: "It was a huge success, allowing the girls to demonstrate their skills and test themselves against quality opposition.

Apart from football the students were given the opportunity to sample new cultures and participate in experiences that they will never forget; I'm sure that the trip will live long in the girls' memory.

"The girls were a credit to themselves, college and Liverpool FC Foundation."