An Under-11s girls team representing Everton Football Club are celebrating after being crowned champions at this year's Premier League Primary Stars tournament.
The year six squad from Malvern Primary School in Huyton beat 19 other schools, each representing a different Premier League club, to lift the trophy at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.
A 3-0 win over Overingham School, representatives of Newcastle United, secured victory in the final, before the Malvern players were presented with their trophy by the Premier League’s Chief Executive Richard Scudamore.
“I was so nervous at the start of the final but then we got going and scored that first goal,” said Zara, who top scored for the Blues with 10 goals.
"I took on a few players and I shot. It got deflected and went in. It was a really lucky goal but it gave us a confidence boost.
"The cheer went up from the crowd and I felt amazing."
In July, Zara and many of her teammates will leave Malvern when their primary education ends.
She will be taking with her special memories from the tournament, and says her move to secondary school has become less daunting thanks to her experience in Leicester.
"It's a big confidence boost for me because in secondary school they might not have many opportunities like this and you can tell everyone, your new group of friends, that you have been here and done it,” she said.
"It gives me an idea of what I can achieve."
The Premier League Primary Stars tournament allows hundreds of youngsters the chance to experience the thrill of being treated like a top-flight footballer.
Held over two days, it features competitions in the Under-11 mixed and Under-11 girls categories.
Across both qualifying tournaments in 2018, a total of 14,000 players and 1,735 schools took part.
The 320 players participating on finals day wore club kit, used the same dressing-rooms that the professionals use on a matchday, came down the tunnel to the Premier League anthem and were refereed by Premier League match officials.
The tournament is one of the competition elements of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, which inspires children in more than 15,000 primary schools in England and Wales.