HAVING MY GIRL AT CAMP IS A BIG BONUS
INTERNATIONAL football and motherhood don’t always go hand in hand. The time spent away fr om home combined with the job of bringing up a child is a difficult juggling act.
My husband Matt works full-time and, with the price of childcare being so high, finding someone to look after Emily during these periods is quite a challenge. Luckily for me I have a hugely supportive family – my husband, parents, inlaws and siblings are always on hand to work something out so that I can continue to play. They all fully support my decision to return and do all they can to help me.
Jayne Ludlow, the Wales manager, has been a big factor in my decision and on the last camp she arranged it so that my little girl could be ther e with me for the two days we spent in Wales before flying to Vienna.
Our Sports Chaplain, Angy King (mother of Leicester City and Wales player, Andy), was handed the task of keeping Emily entertained during training sessions and team meetings, but the rest of the time we had our tiny mascot around for meal times, bus journeys and even 11:40pm fire alarms!
It is a big thing for Jayne to allow her on camp – I know ther e are very few managers in the world who would follow suit – but I think in Jayne’s mind if her players are happy and not worried about what may be happening at home then she will have players who are more likely to play well.
By the time we made our way to Austria, Emily was back at home with her dad. It is always tough leaving her behind, but it was made even harder this time as I missed her first birthday – which is sure to earn me the Worst Mother of the Year title!
I do hope that in the future she will forgive me and be proud of what I have achieved, although perhaps I won’t mention to her that we actually lost the game 3-0!