An amateur girls football team based in Radcliffe have "excelled" after reaching the final of an international tournament in Spain.

The Manchester Football Dreams under-14s team travelled to Spain last month for the Barcelona Girls Cup where they played against grassroots teams from around the world.

Before reaching the final, the team of 13 girls won all but one of their matches and drew with English Team Whitley Bay in the semi-finals before beating them on penalties.

Later that day, Manchester Dreams faced Barcelona FC’s Academy team, who won the game 5-0.

Bury Times:

Barcelona FC’s academy team proved to be a formidable force throughout the tournament, beating everyone "hands down".

However, team manager Gary Pratt says Football Dreams went "above and beyond" to face them in the final.

He said: “The girls excelled and ended up getting to the final, which we weren’t expected to do and we ended up playing a Barcelona Academy team, which is a massive, massive experience for the girls because we’re not an academy, we’re a grassroots football team and to get there was absolutely amazing.”

“Barcelona, it was just amazing, they were really nice to the girls, but you could tell how good they were.

“It was a privilege to play them.”

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As well as giving the team a chance to showcase their talent, the tournament showed the importance of making memories and friendships through sport, and most of all, enjoying the game.

Gary added: “(The tournament) made some amazing memories and bonds, all the parents were amazing and all got along together.”

“We’ve had the same team for five or six years, the core of the girls have always stayed.

“Its more about a friendship and a bond now, they’ve got things going on at school and its nice to just get away from that.”

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The team, who play in the South Manchester Girls League, will return to the division next season and their next step will be to secure sponsorship for further tournaments abroad.

Gary said: “We did all our own fundraising, which is hard to do again.

“We’re going to play again next season and we are definitely looking at tournaments.”