Pro­fes­sional foot­baller

First News - - Family Fun - STEPH HOUGHTON

IN our se­ries of on­line films, you’ll see lots of different peo­ple do­ing lots of different jobs – and maybe your dream ca­reer will be in there some­where! For our lat­est film at Manch­ester City, we had a chat with Steph, who cap­tains City and Eng­land. What I do

I am a pro­fes­sional foot­ball player for Manch­ester City and Eng­land.

How I got my job

I be­gan play­ing pro­fes­sional foot­ball with Sun­der­land when I was 14, and since then have played with Leeds United, Arse­nal and now I’m cap­tain at Manch­ester City. To be selected for the team and en­sure I can help us win, I need to make sure that I’m al­ways play­ing at my best and that means putting in hard work and be­ing com­mit­ted ev­ery day.

What I love about my job

Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to in­spire young girls to pick up a ball and play the game is an amaz­ing part of what I do. I’ve also made many friends play­ing foot­ball and I am so grate­ful to have been able to meet them through foot­ball.

What is dif­fi­cult about my job

Play­ing in the rain can some­times be dif­fi­cult, but I love what I do so much that in the end it doesn’t mat­ter.

What skills I need

With foot­ball, the spe­cific skills you need to be good at de­pend on the po­si­tion you play in. But no mat­ter what your role on the pitch is, it’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one is a team player, works hard to pre­pare for ev­ery game and doesn’t give up.

Where young peo­ple should start if they want to do the job, too

You just need to pick up a ball and start play­ing. It’s all about hav­ing fun and never giv­ing up, even if it at times it might seem chal­leng­ing.

How do you think your job could change in the fu­ture?

Women’s foot­ball is grow­ing ev­ery day and I think any­thing is pos­si­ble. I hope in five to ten years even more peo­ple are watch­ing and play­ing foot­ball.

We went be­hind the scenes at Manch­ester City’s train­ing ground to talk to Steph and find out more about the life of a pro­fes­sional foot­baller. To watch this su­per-sporty First Ca­reers film, go to­player.

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