2 February 2018
Sunderland Regional Talent Club players Mia and Libbi joined up with the England Schools U15s squad for the first training camp ahead of the Bob Docherty Trophy in March.
The duo travelled to Lilleshall National Sports Centre alongside some of the country’s best young female players after securing their places following national trials.
Mia and Libbi were given the chance to get to know their new teammates and were presented with their new training and playing kits – provided by the ESFA’s Official Kit Suppliers, Pendle Sportswear.
The camp focussed on training sessions and team meetings with the girls also taking part in photoshoots and workshops on the dangers of social media with the ESFA’s Media and Communications team.
It is a fantastic honour to have been selected to represent England Schools at international level. The experience has given me a massive confidence boost and it makes me even more determined to succeed as a football player.
Libbi added: “The weekend consisted of three training sessions which helped us to understand my roles and responsibilities as a player and it will also help me to progress in the future.”
The Three Lions have another training camp at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven scheduled as well as a match against Republic of Ireland at Stafford Town for the John Read Trophy before heading to Belfast for the annual Bob Docherty Trophy.
Sunderland RTC Technical Director Claire Robinson, said: “We are extremely proud of Mia and Libbi and this opportunity is thoroughly deserved.
“Both have developed as players and people during their time with the Regional Talent Club and it’s fantastic to see their hard work pay off.”
Claire, who will be travelling with the squad in her role as ESFA National Manager, added: “On a personal level, the opportunity to coach and develop players is an honour and a privilege.
“We work hard to create an environment to challenge our players and provide them with a pathway and platform to progress to the highest levels of the game.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside the ESFA coaching staff, travelling to PSV and competing in the Bob Docherty tournament. They will be enjoyable, challenging and rewarding for myself to lead, coach and manage and for the players to experience.”
The Sunderland Regional Talent Club will be announcing dates for its Open Trials shortly. To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 5515191.