England’s Euro 2022 win on Sunday will be a ‘game-changer’ for young women looking to start a career in football, according to the sports course leader at Telford College.
Melanie Newbrook, the college’s learner manager for the sport, said: “An entire generation of young girls now have role models who have proven there is no limit to what can be achieved.
“Lioness has really captured the imagination of the country and ‘brought it home’ for the first time in a senior football competition in 1966. With all this profile and momentum, it’s going to be a game-changer.”
Telford College is currently enrolling for its level three football course starting in September. Anyone with four GCSEs at grade four or above, including English or Mathematics, is eligible.
Melanie said: “We’ve been championing women’s football here in college for many years, and have some of the best facilities in the area.
“Along with our outdoor pitches including a floodlit 3G pitch, there is also another 3G pitch in our indoor sports dome.
“Our football provision gives both male and female students the opportunity to play, study and achieve with an action-packed curriculum and fixture list.
“We travel across the country and compete with other colleges to provide you with direct coaching, officiating and organizational experience.
“We also organize local school events here at the college, providing the chance to host and run local competitions.
“The course includes lots of great excursions and tours and the chance to meet professional coaches and others in the football industry.”
Melanie said: “I always remember one of the victorious lionesses, Jill Scott, who used to bring her football roadshow to Telford College and describe how she would be the only girl in football camps when she was little.
“He said it was quite intimidating at first, because you had to prove yourself as a footballer – more than the boys – before you accepted.
“Things have changed a lot since then, but hopefully England’s win over the weekend will take this evolution of the women’s game to another level.
“We must capitalize on the momentum and make sure the doors are open for the next generation of Lionesses to give them a chance to enjoy the sport – it’s a real legacy moment.”
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