Women’s Football is one of the fastest growing sports and with the Women’s Super League about to develop into 2 leagues there can’t be a better time for female footballers to get more involved.
Life has not been easy for females trying to make their way in football on or off the pitch, but times are changing and Gateshead College are helping to lead the way in the North East by continuing to offer Female footballers the chance to not only improve and develop their skills, but also continue their studies gaining academic qualifications at the same time.
The Women’s Football Academy is one of the strongest in the country and has an excellent reputation for its continued success. They have 5 members of staff including Jill Scott a current England International, a goal keeping coach, run 2 teams that compete under the British Colleges Sport banner: 1 in the Elite League which they won last year and 1 in the North East League which they also won last year. All players receive up to 9 hours coaching a week including a Strength and Conditioning session and have a full time physiotherapist and sports therapist onsite.
Gateshead Colleges Head Coach Melanie Reay, an ex NUWFC Player and Head Coach, started playing football when she was 10 and continues to be as successful off the pitch as she was on it.. Having been on both the playing and the coaching side of the game, Melanie knows just how important good quality coaching is at all ages but also knows that continuing in education is just an important. As a player Melanie was part of the team that won the Northern Premier League twice and was top scorer four times.
If you feel you have the potential to be part of Gateshead Colleges football programme, call Melanie Reay or simply come along to the Open Event on Monday 21st January 2013 4.30pm- 7pm and see what Gateshead College have to offer. You never know this could be your first step to becoming part of a winning team
For More Information go to Http://Www.Gatesheadcollege.Ac.Uk/AcademyForSport/Academy/WomensFootball.Aspx
NUWFC have a long list of players who have attended or who are still attending Gateshead College. All are very proud to have been part of their successful Women’s Football Academy. A few of them are shown below
NUWFC First Team Captain and Ex Gateshead College Student Sarah Wilson “Attending Gateshead College was without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to study and was drawn in mainly to the success of the Women’s Football Academy. I received a BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science which provided a solid foundation to further my studies at University. Not only did I gain this qualification I had two fantastic years playing football, we got the chance to play in major tournaments and National Cup Finals. We had a very successful couple of years. I also got selected to captain the English College National Squad.
NUWFC Player and Ex Gateahead College Student Steph Eadon “I spent two years at Gateshead College studying a B-Tec National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science. My course allowed me to be a part of the Gateshead College Football Academy where I continued to develop my football while gaining an education. During the two years I was at the college I was part of a very successful team that won the league and champions league in one year . I was also selected for England Colleges National squad which allowed me to play international football, an experience I really enjoyed. I would like to thank the Gateshead College for the opportunity it gave me but special thanks must go to Melanie Reay and Jill Scott who are not only great footballers themselves but as coaches invest a lot of time getting the best out of young talent and developing them.
NUWFC Player and Current Gateshead College Student Molly Collinson “Gateshead College has been such a great asset to both my studies and football. Not only have they supported me with sponsorship playing for Newcastle United Women, but whilst being out injured for the majority of last year, the strength and conditioning coaches as well as physios have worked with me an incredible amount to get me back to full fitness. The sporting facility helped support this and made me a better player. The course I study; Sport and Exercise Science, has taught me the importance of how to become the best athlete you can be, which I have thoroughly enjoyed and would like to continue to study at a further level.
NUWFC Player and Gateshead College Student Robyn Parker “The college was recommended to me and I was not disappointed. I chose to go to Gateshead College to continue my studies while playing football. I studied Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness and really enjoyed the course, the lecturers were very helpful. The football side was excellent, I feel it helped develop me as a player, the coaches and training were first class. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to continue their studies and play football at the same time to come to Gateshead College”