Girls are on the ball at Seevic

Friday, 31 May 2013

Girls -are -on -the -ball -at -seevicThere’s never been a better time for girls to take up football. Seevic College’s Score Academy is the perfect opportunity for aspiring female players to enjoy playing the game at a high standard, while gaining academic or vocational qualifications at the College.

The Score Academy is coached by the likes of former Southend United manager Steve Tilson and Danny Greaves, ex Southend United Reserves and Youth manager. Girls who are part of the programme train twice per week, and sessions are tailored to each player’s strengths and weaknesses.

One aspiring player who has benefited from the training provided by the Academy is 17-year-old Amber Harty.

Amber says: “I decided to join the girls’ football Academy at Seevic because I’m really into my football and was no longer able to play for a weekend team due to the fact I work. The quality of football at the College, and the standard of the opponents who we play against, is really high – I soon forgot about the disappointment of having to give up playing for my Sunday League team.”

"Meeting new people was really easy!" Amber Harty

Amber continues: “At first I was slightly hesitant about joining the Academy as I didn’t know anyone in the team. However, despite feeling nervous initially, it was easy to fit in as the girls were really welcoming and fun to be around – meeting new people was actually really easy!”

In order to be part of the Academy, girls need to enjoy playing football and also have a good level of ability. Once part of the Academy, the College’s coaching team aim to develop players as individuals and as a team throughout the year. There are even opportunities to go on tour and play football around England or abroad. The Academy is structured so it fits around each student’s programme of academic or vocational study at the College.

Seventeen-year-old Amber, who enrolled at the College in September 2012, studies A-Levels in Physical Education, Sociology and Psychology.

Amber adds: “I really enjoy playing for Seevic College and am so pleased that I decided to join. The girls are all very supportive of one another and teamwork is the key. The coaching at the college is also great - Danny is a great manager and has worked hard to develop us as a team. He has taught us a lot in a short space of time – he’s also fun to be around and really knows his stuff. Now I’m really looking forward to next season and doing it all over again!”

Football is the nation’s number one female team participation sport and, according to The FA, well over a million women and girls up and down the country play the game regularly. In fact, women’s football is now the third largest team sport in England - behind only men’s football and men’s cricket.

The College is looking for new players ahead of the new season starting in September 2013, and welcomes any girls who aspire to play football to get in touch. To register your interest please contact Dave Thompson at david.thompson@seevic-college.ac.uk or Danny Greaves danny.greaves@seevic-college.ac.uk.

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