Robyn Parker joined NUWFC in June 2011 from Cramlington Juniors Ladies; although she started playing football in 2004 when she was 10 when she joined Cramlington juniors. Robyn is a regular player for the NUWFC Reserve Team and has made a number of appearances in the NUWFC First Team. When Robyn is not playing for NUWFC she is the manager of Cramlington Girls U12’s. The team plays in the Northumberland league on a Saturday at Complete Football, Gosforth. Robyn also helps coach at Newbiggin Hall Boys U12’s and at Sunderland COE with NUWFC teammate Courtney Lock.
Robyn said “ I was given the opportunity to go and train with the England women deaf football team at the FA’s new National Football Centre St Georges Park. I really enjoyed the experience, getting to meet new people and play Futsal. I didn’t know what Futsal was until I went to England training camp, but I really enjoy the game. It’s the second time I have been to St. Georges Park and got to use the fantastic facilities. I would like to thank the staff who made this opportunity possible”
Robyn attended Gateshead College where she studied Btec national diploma in development, coaching and fitness. Robyn took her Level 1 Football Coaching in September 2010 the qualification was paid for by Cramlington Juniors. Robyn achieved her Level 2 football Coaching Badge earlier this year. In her spare time, which after all of that she has very little of, Robyn likes to relax and do things with the family, and also enjoys playing other sports.
NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said “Robyn Parker plays for NUWFC Reserves but this season has featured in a couple of the first team squads. Her best position is Centre Back but is also capable and quite comfortable playing Left or Right Back, her height is a good advantage in the opponents penalty area on corners and free kicks and she frequently chips in with goals during the season. She is a great role model player and is a highly respected by her team mates. She always gives 100% effort whether it be in competitive games or training and is a pleasure to coach. Any success that she achieves is totally deserved”
For a very young player with a great future ahead of her Robyn Parker has already had some fantastic experiences in football. As a young player Robyn appreciated her friends and family who supported her and enabled her to play football. She also remembers the people who gave up their time to coach her and ran the clubs she played for. Robyn enjoys playing football but gives up a lot of her time to make sure other young people can have the same opportunities she had. Robyn is very proud to pull on the Black White shirt every week to represent Newcastle United WFC and Newcastle United WFC are very proud to have people like Robyn representing them on and off the pitch.
NUWFC Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said “Robin has been a great asset to the club ever since she joined. I have spent 2 seasons playing next to her in the back four and we are always learning from each other. It has been a pleasure to watch her mould into the player she is today and its great that she’s had the chance to go down and experience the facilities at st George’s. Any team that Rob is a part of will be lucky to have her…and any team playing against her had better watch their legs!’
For more information please go to the website to see the fantastic facilities available http://www.thefa.com/st-georges-park and maybe one day your dream will come true and you to will get the opportunity to visit St Georges Park and experience this fantastic footballing facility.
Robyn with her team – Cramlington Girls U12’s.