Telford College is roaring on England’s Lionesses as they seek European footballing glory.
Promoting girls’ and women’s football has long been a key mission at Telford College – and the success of the national team in the Euro 2022 competition is taking interest in the game to new levels .
When England star Jill Scott – part of the current Lionesses squad – brought her football roadshow to the college’s sports dome shortly after the last World Cup, dozens of young hopefuls came forward. And since then, interest in the women’s game has been going from strength to strength.
“When I was a young girl I would turn up at soccer camps and be the only girl there – it was all boys,” Jill told us.
“It was quite intimidating at first and you had to prove yourself as a footballer – more so than the boys did – before you got accepted.
“For me, it’s so important to get out there and give girls an opportunity. And the most pleasing thing is when parents come to me and say their young girl now seems to have a lot more confidence.
“We get a great response from the girls. It’s funny because they are usually quite shy at the beginning. But by the end they are tying my shoelaces together and my lunch is getting stolen!
“It doesn’t take them long to show their true colours. It’s just about them enjoying themselves and enjoying playing the game.”
If you are looking for a career in the football industry giving you chance to compete against other colleges, and help run competitions, then look no further than Telford College’s level three football course.
Enrolment is now under way for September for the course, which has a long list of alumni that have gone on to become professional coaches, achieving high level FA badges as well as their sports coaching based degrees.
- For more details about Telford College’s football programme, click here