FA Girls’ Football Week: “I’ve made so many friends and I love winning” – Paula, Sunderland 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.

Ahead of FA Girls’ Football Week, we spoke to Paula at Sunderland College to see what football means to her.

Tell us about your journey in football, how did you start?
I started playing at Sunderland College, I hadn’t played before. We were offered sessions at lunchtimes which I liked the sound of and I wanted to come along and play with my friends.

What motivates you to play football?
To win! I love playing and have so much fun. I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy it and I have got better since I started. We get to play against other colleges now too in a league. I scored four goals last time!

How does football fit in with your life at college?
I play during lunchtimes on a Tuesday and Thursday with our coaches Mel, Karrie and Lucy. We get coached some days and then we play every two weeks on a Wednesday in the Durham FA League. It’s a great break from work too and our teachers come to support us!

What role does football play in your life?

It’s very important, I didn’t play any sport before and now I have so much fun and it makes me feel good. I’ve made so many friends and I love winning!

What’s your advice for girls and women considering getting into football?
Go for it! Keep playing and you won’t want to stop.  You learn about working as a team and it’s helped me so much!

What’s your top tip for Girls’ Football Week?
Have fun because you’ll make friends. I gave it a go and now I love it and want to keep playing!