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Things You Would Only Know If You Are A … Female Footballer

Ever wondered what makes the perfect goal? Emily Brown gives us the score on what it is really like to be a female footballer playing for the University of Reading Women’s football team.

How did you first get into the sport?

I first started playing football when I was 7 years old. I always used to go and watch my older brother play, and would play with my Dad over the park all the time. I was always brought up surrounded by football and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and playing for a team. My Mum managed to find a local girls’ team for me to start playing with. I remember my first training session and feeling really nervous, haha!

What do you enjoy about it and what are you looking forward to this year?

I love the feeling of being part of a team, especially at the University. It’s given me the chance to meet so many new people and the atmosphere is just fantastic. I love the feeling before a match, when all of the team are in the changing room discussing set plays and ideas. I always get nervous before a game, even though it’s just the BUCS league! I was selected to be the First Team Captain this season, so I am really looking forward to taking on this role and working with the team to hopefully be in the top two finish this season. I am also Social Sec this year with my good friend Millie Lenton, and we have some great ideas up our sleeves for social events which we are really excited about!

Credit to The University of Reading Women’s Football Club Instagram @ruwfc

What makes it stand out for you as a sport?

I love the atmosphere surrounded by football and I always have. I used to go and watch my local team ( Bristol Rovers) from as young as I can remember. It’s such a fast-paced and enjoyable sport, with so much room for growth and development. This even more so now due to the increasing popularity of Women’s Football!

I love the atmosphere surrounded by football and I always have

What is your day like?

My usual day normally consists of some sort of lecture/work for my degree ( English Language) followed by some independent study (if I’m feeling particularly studious). I also try and do some form of exercise most days if I can, to help build match fitness (especially after having a break over summer). Tuesday nights are my favourite because that is when football training takes place, and I look forward to it each week.

What is your best moment?

My Best moment was probably only the other day when I was selected to be Team Captain for the First Team. This really meant a lot to me as a player. Another moment that stands out is when I was selected to play for  South Gloss County back in the 14/15 season. Furthermore, I can always recall scoring my first proper goal, which was a beauty of a free kick (top left corner, was fabulous)!

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 Reading University Women’s Football Club 2017/2018


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