The earliest memories I have of doing any type of physical activity are from when I was about 3 and a half, when my mum took me to my first ballet lesson. It was a challenging experience as a youngster and 3 weeks later I decided ballet wasn’t for me. Throughout my childhood I tried lots of different sports such as; cheer-leading, gymnastics, karate and swimming – never finding one that I seemed to really love. That was until I found football. Despite being brought up in a very football mad environment I never knew playing football was an option for girls until I moved to Derbyshire, where girls football is quite a big thing.
I joined the first team I found, and quickly grew to love football, the team and my coaches. That year we won the ‘Matlock Treble’: the league, the cup and the festival of football. Although it had been an outstanding year I realised that the style of football just wasn’t for me. So, I moved to a bigger league and a bigger team, Chesterfield Town. At chesterfield, I improved drastically and although it was my first year I became a permanent starter in the back four. It was a fantastic season for us but we just narrowly missed out on top 4 in such a tough league.