I’ve played football since the age of around 6 years old at my primary school. When I was 9 my mum saw an advert asking for girls to come and play football at Haslemere Town Girls FC and I decided to try it. It was an introduction to playing football and I loved it. It gave me the opportunity to train and I told my friends, who also began to come along. We started playing matches in an organised league.
During lockdown I practiced lots out the front of my house and learnt lots of new skills by watching videos online. I started to take football really seriously and decided to try and apply for trials for high tier clubs. I went to two open trials at AFC Wimbledon where I impressed the coach and got invited back for an invite only trial. After the third trial, I got offered a place to play for their U14 A team who were entering the Junior Premier League for the first season. I began to train twice a week and play matches against challenging opponents and big clubs such as Crystal Palace. I also got the opportunity to be a ball girl at Plough Lane for the AFC Wimbledon women’s team.
During the summer, my family and I were at Wembley when the England Lionesses won the Women’s Euros and we were interviewed about the match by lots of news channels in Trafalgar Square the day after. They also asked about my football journey so far and we appeared on BBC national television.
I am now playing my second season at AFC Wimbledon, playing against girls from the year above.
I know that my football has financial challenges and I’m so grateful for all your support to us.