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

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!

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