Wales U15 Girls inspire primary school pupils
Next Generation
25 October 2018

Wales U15 Girls inspire primary school pupils

Wales U15 Girls' 2-0 Dragon Park defeat of Scotland inspired a new group of females to fall in love with football.

A group of girls from Newport primary schools, Glasllwch and St. Andrew’s, visited the National Football Development Centre to meet the future international stars and enjoy their resounding win.

But the highlight was a pre-match Q&A session, in which the young international players described how they first fell in love with football.

That was followed by a workshop, where they shared ideas about what could inspire them to follow in their footsteps, which formed part of our nationwide Football in Education Review.

Then they cheered loudly as the Welsh girls won 2-0, with two of them showcasing their football skills at half time.

Izzy, from Glasllwych, and Vanessa, from St. Andrew’s, fired penalties and Wales keeper Safia Middleton-Patel, during the break before the Liverpool starlet presented them with a signed shirt and a signed ball.

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Captain Hollie Smith, who took part in the Q&A, said: “We told the girls that it isn’t always easy being a football player but, if you keep going and you’re committed to the game, you’ll make it.”

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National Girls Manager Matt Clement said: “On Monday night, our girls had the opportunity to hear Jess Fishlock’s words of wisdom.

“Jess is a fantastic role-model for female football in Wales and now our girls feel there’s an onus on them to inspire the generation below. They feel that’s their duty.

Female football is growing in Wales and this is a fantastic time to be a female footballer here. We’re delighted to help in any way we can with that.”

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