Northampton Town U18
Last year was a bit of a rocky road for me. I made the decision to leave Coventry City and sign for Birmingham City, move to Solihull and continue studying sports science at their college. It was a fantastic experience, being at such a high level was fantastic and I gained a lot of knowledge in my short time there.
In October last year I learnt that my mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer and immediately my first thoughts were that I had to be at home with my family through this time. Birmingham were brilliant and supported me through this decision and so I moved home and back to Moulton College and I cannot thank them enough for the incredible time I had with them and how they helped me through my decision.
Thankfully after a grueling few months and a lot of hard work my mum, along with a wonderful team of doctors managed to remove the bulk of the tumor meaning she wouldn’t have to go through a great amount of further treatment. I had a small break from playing football whilst this was happening but was eager to get back into it.
I approached a local team, Northampton Town and they were so supportive and welcoming and so I began to play for them just before Christmas. They have a fantastic set up and again, the people there were great and helped me fit right in immediately. The set up there is fantastic and have such a high standard of coaching staff, physiotherapists, psychologists and players alike. On Christmas day Northampton’s u18’s manager informed me that he helps coach WSL 2 team, Watford Ladies and they had an open position for a GK as their number one had picked up a long term injury. He then proceeded to tell me that he thought I’d be a suitable candidate and they would like to see me play. I was ecstatic as I had only played at youth level and these wanted to see me play in their first team! I didn’t hear much more until the 31st of January when the same coach called me and asked if I was available to play in their first preseason friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion! Yesterday (2/2/14) I traveled down to Berkhamsted and played half a game for their first team, earning a creditable 2-2 draw. Of course I can always pick out faults in my own performance but those aside, it was a great experience. It was a huge jump from youth to ladies football, one that I wasn’t expecting and nerves played a big part in my game but following this I have been asked to continue training with them and to see where it leads. It sounds like this could be the start of something good, but who knows where it will take me?
I guess I will just have to see.
Made a small trip to the home of Birmingham City Football club to get kitted up for the start of this season. Come next month I will be playing for Birmingham City Ladies’ academy.