Girls’ Football Week: “Football is my life and I live and breathe it” – Paige Sawyer, SGS College

AoC Sport is delighted to be supporting another FA Girls’ Football Week, taking place between Monday 6 and Sunday 12 November 2017.

The FA Girls’ Football Week is a great opportunity to get women and girls playing football at your college.

The national campaign will help The FA achieve its aim to double participation by 2020. Whether it be playing, training or simply learning about the beautiful game we want as many girls as possible taking part and having fun.

As part of FA Girls’ Football Week, we spoke to former ECFA National Team player, and current England Under-19s forward, Paige Sawyer.

My journey in football all started at a local grassroots club called Warmley Rangers when I was five years old. I played there until I was eight and then trialled for Bristol Academy (now known as Bristol City) and got into the academy team, playing there from eight years old until I was 18. I went through all the academy age groups and then the college set up, the reserves and the first team! In the summer I moved to Yeovil Town Ladies and am really enjoying my football here. I started my international career at Under 15s and am now currently in the England Under 19s squad.

Balancing college and football is very difficult at times with trying to fit everything in, but it’s a good job I’m organised as I have to juggle a university degree, football training and a part-time job. It can be very hard to do but I’m used to it now as I have done it for thre years and wouldn’t change it for the world!

My advice to women and girls considering getting involved is to give football a go, grow into the game and you’ll love it! Work hard and success will follow. You’ll have downfalls in your career, I’ve had many, but it’s the way in which you motivate yourself to get back up and prove people wrong and learn along the way that will make you a better player! Football is my life and I live and breathe it. If it wasn’t for football I really wouldn’t know what I would fill my time with!