AN AVID footballer from a Solihull school was chosen by her PE teacher to lead out Birmingham City Ladies FC (BCLFC) at the club’s last home at Damson Park.
Macey Holden was selected to lead out the squad after being recognised for the commitment and effort she shows when playing for Lyndon School during their league fixtures.
The 12-year-old was not only able to lead her favourite team out, but also received her own Blues Ladies kit to make sure she looked the part when walking onto the pitch.
Eze Group, sponsors of BCLFC, also provided Lyndon School with 20 complimentary tickets for the rest of the year eight football squad.
Macey said: “I’m so lucky to have been given the chance to walk out the tunnel with my number one team.
“I loved everything about it and to receive the home kit was just the icing on the cake.”
Macey’s parents were also able to cheer her on as she walked onto the pitch – Eze Group granted the couple two VIP hospitality tickets, which included a pre-match meal.
Eze Group is aiming to use the link with the club to encourage more young girls – aged seven to 13 – to take part in active sport.
Rachel Edmonds, sports teacher at Lyndon School, said: “Macey had a brilliant time and so have the rest of the girls.
“I think it’s fantastic that Eze Group are rewarding young girls who take part in sport, so on behalf of Lyndon we’d like to thank them for that.”
The game against Reading – which ended in a goalless draw – was also broadcast on BT Sport, making the occasion even more special for Macey.
Eze Group CEO Dominic O’Reilly added: “I am delighted that Macey and Lyndon enjoyed their time at the game.
“We’re more than happy to reward young girls who take part in active sport, so it was a pleasure for us to treat them to this.”