Deanna hits her tar­get of a USA schol­arhsip

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY TIM JOHN­SON

IT is ex­cit­ing time for Deanna Christie, an 18-year-old who loves to score goals, who has se­cured a foot­ball schol­ar­ship to the USA.

For­merly of Maghull High School and now study­ing at the Jamie Car­ragher Sport and Learn­ing Academy, the teenager has been fo­cused from an early age on a ca­reer in foot­ball.

Be­fore cross­ing the At­lantic the young­ster has had to over­come some ma­jor dis­ap­point­ments. This in­cluded, at the age of 12, be­ing let go by the Liver­pool Ladies Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence. How­ever, she re­fused to give up and con­tin­ued to play suc­cess­fully at grass roots level and work hard, a de­ter­mi­na­tion that even­tu­ally re­sulted in a place at Itawamba Com­mu­nity Col­lege in North East Mis­sis­sippi.

It was the am­bi­tious young­ster her­self who re­searched the op­por­tu­nity to play in Amer­ica. She also had to per­suade her par­ents and study hard, through Dys­lexia, to achieve good GCSE grades. Deanna even scored so well on the USA SATs tests, that she ac­tu­ally re­ceived seven schol­ar­ship of­fers from dif­fer­ent col­leges.

Her mum Lynne said: “Deanna has al­ways loved foot­ball. A ball was at her feet as soon as she could walk and she be­gan play­ing com­pet­i­tively when eightyears-old.

“She played for Ain­tree Daven­hill Pri­mary School and had two years at Liver­pool Ladies Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence. Her skill on the ball was never in ques­tion. But as a smaller player she wasn’t con­sid­ered a big enough pres­ence on the pitch.

“Dur­ing her early teens she played for Brazil Girls in the Liver­pool County FA Girls League, and for the last two sea­sons in the North West Women’s Re­gional League, for Mersey Girls and Woolton Ladies.

“Deanna loves to score goals, but has played in many po­si­tions dur­ing her com­pet­i­tive ca­reer, even in goal. She is a real team player, who sees the killer pass and loves to show her skill on the ball, out­wit­ting de­fend­ers with her quick feet.”

To fa­cil­i­tate her Amer­i­can dream, the teenager signed up with Sports Re­cruit­ing USA, a com­pany that helps to pro­mote ath­letes in the States. They or­gan­ise foot­ball matches, which they record, and then put to­gether a high­lights video that is posted on YouTube and pro­vides ini­tial con­tact be­tween ath­letes and coaches.

The Liver­pool FC fan (al­though the fam­ily are both red and blue) will be live on cam­pus in Ful­ton, Mis­sis­sippi and play foot­ball in the NJCAA League. She will be shar­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion with her team-mates, which are a mix of Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

Deanna Christie

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