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Getting to know the Women's Academy

Read on for a closer look at the Women's Academy:  

Blues Women is one of the most established women's football clubs in the country and has a reputation for developing and nurturing some of the best youngsters through the Academy and Tier One recognised Regional Talent Centre (RTC). 

Over the years, Blues' talent pathway has produced some of the most exciting players in the history of women's football, including Kerys Harrop, Laura Bassett, Karen Carney and Eniola Aluko.

Behind-the-scenes, Academy players are striving to follow in the footsteps of their role models and break through into Blues' first-team. 

Below, we take a look at the invaluable work that the Academy is doing, how the team has started the season and who is making a name for themselves.  

Academy highlights

Twelve players have had the opportunity to train with the first team during pre-season and the start of the season, giving the girls an opportunity to fully understand what it takes to get to first-team level. Plus, they are training and learning from some of the world's best who they look up to as role models.

Seven players being registered as part of the first-team squad and having the opportunity to travel with the squad for games, giving them invaluable experience of what game day looks like at the top level. Congratulations to Abbey Jones, Laura Brown, Lily Simkin, Olivia Rabjohn, Freya Gregory, Missy Goodwin and Imogen Maguire. 

Laura Brown and Lily Simkin are currently playing up an age group from RTC to Academy. Both players are studying for their GCSE's alongside FA Women's Super League Academy training and games.

Laura and Lily have also just started training with the Boys Academy U15 & 16 to support and stretch their individual development.

A big highlight so far was an excellent performance and 3-2 win against Arsenal's Academy away from home.

Season so far

The Academy are five games into the season and have seen a vast improvement from last year, both from a performance point of view and results.

The girls have been working incredibly hard both on and off the pitch and have adapted brilliantly to life within the Academy. 

The team produced a brilliant performance at home to Manchester United's Academy on Wednesday 30th October. Missy Goodwin and Abbey Jones got on the scoresheet as Blues ran out 2-1 winners in a tight, closely-fought contest at Coleshill FC.

See below for a gallery of images from the match. 

International success

Last month, three players (Freya Gregory, Laura Brown and Missy Goodwin) were away with England U17s at the UEFA Women’s Under 17 Championship.

The first qualifying round took place between Friday 18th October – Monday 28th October 2019 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. England played Croatia on Monday 21st and beat Croatia 2-0.

Both Freya and Laura started the game with Missy coming on in the second half.

Olivia Rabjohn and Abbey Jones have recently been away with Mo Marley's England U18s where they played a couple of fixtures against senior teams. Both players are doing really well and have a very bright future ahead of them.

Are you a budding footballer and want to join Blues Women?

Contact jonathan.james@bcfc.com for more information.

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