YOUNG female footballers took their first football tour to Ledbury’s twin town of Stromstad on the west coast of Sweden.

Ledbury Swifts Under 16 Girls won the Ledbury Strömstad Challenge Cup during a visit to Strömstad with representatives of Ledbury Strömstad Twinning Association.

Twinning Association spokesman Jill Jupp said: “Ledbury Strömstad Twinning Association exists to support cultural, educational and friendship links between our two towns, especially around young people. The Swifts are the most longstanding link having been going out to play in tournaments since 2000, this year for the first time it was girl power."

Mrs Jupp added: “The Swifts were wonderful ambassadors both for twinning and Ledbury as ever demonstrating that ‘Friendship Through Sport’ is the most important factor.”

Next year will mark 20 years of the Twinning Agreement between Ledbury and Strömstad, and the planning of joint celebrations is now underway.

Swifts spokesman, Nick Fish said: “

“A full squad of sixteen players, supported by coaches, club officials and parents made up a thirty strong group that left at lunchtime on Wednesday July 24."

He added: “The Swifts showed great attacking flair and gritty defence when needed."