How football turned this 'frustrated' girl into a role model
Player Profiles
4 January 2018

How football turned this 'frustrated' girl into a role model

Deanna Lewis is a talented young goalkeeper for Wales U17.

Though she may just be a teenager she's already tasted international success, helping Wales U15 to their first ever Bob Docherty Cup win in 2017.

The ambitious young keeper, who has since been capped at U17 level, said: "Winning in Ireland was just brilliant.

"I dream of playing for the women's senior side one day and I'd love to play in America.

"Jess Fishlock is a great example of a player who has travelled doing what she loves. I love how you get so many opportunities with Wales and football."

Deanna says that playing football has helped her off the pitch too.

"Playing football for Wales is like being part of a big family. I used to be really shy but my confidence has grown, especially when I meet new people."

She says the game has also helped her overcome other issues.

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"I used to get really frustrated and angry. If I'd had a bad training session, I'd take it out on my Mum but the coaches have helped me turn negatives into positives and to move on. It has calmed me down such a lot."

Deanna started to play football when she was just six-years-old, when she started playing for her school's boys' side.

She was nine when she joined her first girls' team and she quickly progressed to the West Wales Regional Performance Centre:

"I realised just how much I loved the game and that I could do well."

Deanna is now encouraging other girls to take up football.

She said: "Find a local club and go along. You won't regret it.
"It's brilliant to get outside and play as part of a team – you forget about all your other worries."

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