FULL-TIME IS WAY TO GO IF WE WANT TO IM­PROVE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

NO ONE re­ally wants to talk about whether we’ll go full-time at Don­caster Rovers Belles next sea­son un­til we ac­tu­ally get pro­moted. We know we’re in a good po­si­tion in WSL2, but we can’t af­ford to slip up.

For the women’s game to move on, and for us to progress as a na­tion, ev­ery­one in WSL1 and WSL2 needs to be full­time. Ev­ery­one in the game wants it to hap­pen, but get­ting the fi­nances on board is the most im­por­tant thing. If ev­ery­thing works out as we hope, then that’s the vi­sion at Don­caster.

To com­pete at WSL1 level you have to have at least ten or 11 play­ers full-time. It’s a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for those who work. For ex­am­ple, we’ve got a teacher, a fire­fighter and a postie. If we go up, I think most of our play­ers will train three or four times a week next term. The full­time pros will prob­a­bly do dou­ble ses­sions on those days and the oth­ers will have to do ex­tra in their own time.

We all have our own pro­grammes any­way. It’s about be­ing as pro­fes­sional as you can be – train­ing and eat­ing right when you’re away from the team.

Peo­ple laugh but I al­ways have a cool bag with me. I make sure I’ve got healthy snacks in there so I’m not caught some­where with no food when I’m hun­gry.

I’m lucky I can fit my train­ing around my day job. I’ve got my media work and then I go into schools as an ath­lete men­tor for Sky Sports’ Liv­ing for Sport pro­gramme. I also work with lots of dif­fer­ent groups for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and I do ses­sions for Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons. It’s all about get­ting young peo­ple ac­tive and into sport. I love it.

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