ENGLAND AND Manchester City Women midfielder Jill Scott is inviting young women to a coaching meet and greet as part of a drive to find the next generation of female football stars.
With the launch of her brand new Women’s Football Academy with Hopwood Hall College in September, Jill is on the lookout for local female talent in Rochdale, Oldham, Bury and Manchester to develop in her academy.
The Academy’s debut year will run from September 2017 to May 2018 and will offer three courses (Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3).
Before heading off to the Euros in the summer, international stalwart Jill will be hosting an hour-long open night at Hopwood Hall’s Sports Park in Middleton on Tuesday, 18 April from 5pm.
The opportunity means any budding Lionesses have the chance to meet Jill herself, as well as the coaching staff and potential new team mates.
Being a key member of the England team for many years, Jill hopes her knowledge and experience in the game can be passed down to the new young hopefuls.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting the strong young women who want to take on the challenge the new academy poses.
“It’s a great chance to meet new teammates and coaching staff for those who have already applied to join the academy, and it’s a good taster for anyone interested in applying.”
She added: “I think it is important young women have the same level of opportunities as young men in football.
“There is a real hunger for the game in the younger generations and I am eager to help provide the facilities and training for those who want to progress into professional roles surrounding the sport.
“I hope to see as many people as possible on the night to break the ice and show off the top facilities we’ll be able to train at.”
Any young women aged 15-19 can find out more about Jill’s open night and brand new academy on Hopwood Hall College’s website.