Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Cumbrian twins make England football debuts

Seaton twins Rio and Steffi Hardy caused double trouble for Wales when they were selected to play for the England Colleges Under-19 fixture.

Rio and Steffi Hardy photo
Rio, left, and Steffi Hardy

Rio and Steffi both made their International debuts for the Colleges team this weekend in the first leg of the Anglo Welsh Shield.

The twins, both currently playing their football with Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence (Under-17s) were selected despite only being 16, a fantastic achievement for the players.

The girls previously played for Seaton JFC winning the Cumberland FA County Cup in 2008 at the Under-12 age group before playing for Cumbria Girls Centre of Excellence as part of The FA’s talent development programme.

Rio and Steffi were both accepted into the Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence following trials when the Cumbria Centre became Cumberland FA’s Player Development Centre.

The twins made an impact on their debut with Steffi playing the full 90 minutes and Rio scoring four goals in the 6-1 win over Wales at Barry Town Football Club.

The girls have been excellent ambassadors for football in Cumberland, training hard and showing their dedication to get selected for the England Colleges Squad from girls across the country.

The call ups are fully deserved and hopefully the start of many International Call ups.

For more information on getting into football, please contact Helen Aitchison, Football Development

Officer for Cumberland FA on 01900 872310 or email



Is The Autumn Statement good news for Cumbria?

Yes - the enterprise zone jobs and airport flights are a fantastic boost

It's more positive than expected but could have been better

I agree with Jamie Reed, it is all smoke and mirrors

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