1st FIFA Under-19 Womens World Championship Canada 2002
Championnat du Monde de Football Feminin U-19 de la FIFA
ENGLAND TEAM BIOS
Toni was a member of the Arsenal academy but has been successfully accepted on to the FA football scholarship at the National Player Development Centre for September 2002. A regular between the goalposts with the Under-19s last season, Toni comes from a football-mad family who all enjoy playing the game. After a spell on loan at Barnet in 2001-02, the goalkeeper signed for Southampton Saints with a view to get regular first team football. She cites the England men and women’s goalkeepers David Seaman and Pauline Cope as her role models, as well as Kelly Smith.
Rachelle is a student studying for A levels in Geography, Sociology and PE. A goalkeeper, she has plated for several Yorkshire clubs before signing for Wednesday last season. She comes from a sports-minded family, with her father and siblings being keen players. She represented Great Britain students at discuss throwing and shot put. Rach’s claim to fame is being coached for a day by Ron Atkinson when she was 13 and he told her she would go far, giving her a £10 note. She was also chosen to run with the baton in the Queen’s golden jubilee race in the lead-up to this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
Laura will be joining the FA National Player Development Centre in September 2002 to study a degree in Sport & Exercise Science as well as receiving quality coaching. ‘Bertie’ caught the footballing bug by kicking a ball around on the touchline as her brother and her father played. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, netball and basketball. The team captain at Birmingham City, Laura has scored one international goal – in the 4-3 away defeat against Denmark in November 2001.
Leanne became interested in football through her father and spent nine years at Millwall, before joining Arsenal in summer 2001. The right-back established herself as a star of the future by winning seven caps at Under-16 level and she has been included in the past three senior squads. Leanne has been studying for a HND Sports Exercise Science while working at Millwall FC and has been a key member of England Under-19s in season 2001-02.
Shelly is a left-footed player, who can operate either in defence or in midfield. She was a member of the Southampton Centre of Excellence and has played for Southampton Saints for five years. Her football heroes are David Ginola and Paolo di Canio. She has recently completed A-levels in Art, Biology and Sports Studies, and will next study a degree in Sports Science. Shelly was part of the Under-19 squad that travelled to Sweden to take part in the European Championship Finals in May, where she scored a spectacular free-kick in the opening defeat of Norway.
Jess is a student, having recently complete a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science and will move on to read a HND in Sports Science in September. She joined Arsenal in summer 2001 after playing for Berkhamsted Town for three years and spent most of the season on loan at Barnet. Jess names Stuart Pearce and Mo Marley as her football heroes. Another player who has come through the ranks, having won six caps at Under-16 level. Jess has also played cricket to county level.
Corinne is studying a degree in Biochemistry at Bath University and travels home to Southampton to play in the women’s top flight every weekend. Her brother plays in the non-league for Aldershot Town and her aim is to play professional football once she has finished her studies.
‘Chelly plays in left-midfield or at left-back for Birmingham City and she was part of the team which won promotion to the top flight in May 2002. She is a student, studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science on a football scholarship at the FA National Player Development Centre. She used to play in the boys team at primary school and still enjoys playing tennis and basketball. Michelle is an Arsenal fan and cites Marieanne Spacey, Thierry Henry and Kelly Smith as her idols.
‘Macca’ scored on her Under-16s international debut in the Dublin Tournament against Scotland and has gone on to win several caps at Under-19 level – as well as being included in two recent senior squads. A regular in the Everton side in left midfield, Kelly is in the second year of her BTEC Sports Science Diploma at the NPDC at Loughborough University. Kelly is one of the major success stories in the first year of the FA football scholarship by impressing all the national coaches with her improved performance. She also has an added skill of being competent at sign language.
Sheuneen plays for Arsenal Reserves in their midfield and has played football since she can remember, mainly with her brother and their friends. Being a Manchester United fan, she respects Paul Scholes and Juan Veron but also other world-class players such as Ronaldo and Luis Figo. In addition to representing her country on the football field she has also played fives (handball game) at National level. Sheuneen enjoys playing basketball for her school and also likes dancing, music and socialising. She is currently studying for four A-levels, including Maths.
Emily first started playing football at primary school with her friends and now plays for Wolves Ladies in the FA Premier League Northern Division. Emily has recently completed her studies on a catering course, but would like to move into the field of sports and exercise in the future. She cites Paul Gascoigne and Rachel Unitt as her footballing idols.
Fara started playing football at the age of seven in her home base of London. Finding that her school did not play women’s football, she pursued her talents alongside the boys and soon began to outplay them. As a Chelsea fan, she responded to a club advert to play in their Under-14’s team. Fara flew through the trials and ten years later, she was to be found – having started the ball rolling with a hat-trick on her debut – a regular within the senior side. Fara made her senior debut against Portugal away at just 17 years old coming on as a substitute, and she scored a free-kick in the return fixture – on her full debut – in front of 9,000 fans at Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
Anita is a student at Sixth Form College, studying A-levels in English Literature, Media Studies and History. Anita plays in Arsenal’s reserves and is a regular at Under-17 level, having recently made the breakthrough to the Under-19s. Anita missed the European Championships in May due to school commitments, but is hoping to become a regular in the side. She cites Kelly Smith as her favourite female player because of her innovative style of play.
Faye is a popular member of the squad and justified her place at the European Under-19 Championships in May by netting two goals. Faye is a student, studying for A-levels in PE, IT and Business and would like to go on to study sports science. A Liverpool fan, Faye cites her hero as Reds legend Kenny Dalglish.
Ellen is a small, fast and skilful striker and has played for Arsenal since 1991. She is now a member of the Arsenal Academy, getting quality coaching while studying Sports, Leisure and Tourism at college. Maggs is a regular and popular member of the Under-19s side, having built up a strike partnership with Katy Ward. Her cousin played professional football for Leyton Orient and Maggsy would like to go into a career in coaching.
Alex is in her
second year at the Arsenal girls’ academy, the club she has been
with since she was eight years old. She is studying a BTEC National
Diploma in Applied Science and her aims are to coach young children.
Another product of the Under-17s side, she likes to watch Ronaldo play
and learn from his game. Alex comes across as being a shy person, but
she is a popular squad player and certainly makes a name for herself
on the pitch.
After spending five years with Aston Villa, Katy transferred to Birmingham City in summer 2001 and she also previously played for Wolves. She got involved with playing football after hanging around with male friends when she was younger and she also played for an organised girls team at school. A Villa fan, Kate has played for the Under-16s. She has recently completed her studies for a BSc in Sport and Recreation Management at the FA Development Centre. The season 2001-02 really has been a breakthrough year for Katy, being top scorer for Birmingham City as they won the Northern Division and with it promotion to the women’s top flight as well as proving herself for England Under-19s.
Kim is currently working as a waitress after recently finishing school but she would ideally like to go into coaching or eventually playing professionally. Kim used to represent her county at running and basketball, and has used her running to improve her game. Her father used to play football, which got her interested in playing.
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