Sports Academy striker in support of Women’s Football Week

Barnsley Sports Academy striker Betty Cheetham was part of the English Colleges FA Women’s National team that was crowned champion of the 2019 II Cacio E’Rosa in Rome.

Betty and her teammates clinched a 1-0 victory over Welsh Colleges FA in a tense final.

This was the first time the women’s team had competed in the tournament and the girls certainly made their mark in the Italian capital.

Betty said: “It was great to win it, I have never done anything like it before so it was a great experience to be involved in.

“A squad of twenty girls went and everybody got some game time.”

The success of the women’s team coincides with Women’s Football Week, an initiative promoted by English Colleges to raise awareness of women’s football.

Through football Betty has had some great experiences and believes it is important to get more women active in the sport.

She added: “It’s good fun, even at grassroots level it’s great to be part of a team and get to know different people.

“I’ve seen different parts of the world through football and when I play I feel a lot better, fitter and healthier.”

Betty is part of our female Football Academy which narrowly lost 5-4 to Tyne Met College to finish runners-up in the English Colleges FA Premier Division- the top division of Further Education football.

Regan Rooke, female Football Apprentice, said: “We are proud of their achievements and it highlights our continued commitment to supporting the development of female footballers.

“It just shows how much the female Football Academy has progressed in recent years.”

Betty added: “The training at the Sports Academy is to a high quality. It has definitely improved me as a player.

“Also the environment around the team is good and everybody gets on with each other and enjoys themselves.”


Womens team
Squad photo – our female Football Academy is going from strength to strength


You don’t have to study sport to be a part of our Sports Academy. If you are interested in joining our female Football Academy please contact Luke Forgione by calling 01226 216 387 or emailing