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Manchester High School for Girls

SASHA’S STEP TOWARDS FOOTBALL STARDOM

A budding football star from Manchester High School for Girls, 11-year-old Sasha, is proving to be a real ‘one to watch’ having recently been selected for the Manchester United Foundation’s FA Girls’ Tier 1 Regional Talent Club.

Sasha was one of only five players to be selected from 90 other hopefuls, which is a fantastic achievement for her.

The Manchester United Foundation Girls’ FA talent Club aims to provide opportunities for girls to play football at the highest standard against other clubs of a similar level, with the view of developing them to international standard. As part of the commitment, Manchester United Foundation will provide girls with intensive training and games with other Regional Talent Club teams from the North West.

Sasha got her spark for the sport at the age of six when she played football at her old primary school playground. She went on to play at Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City, and is now training with her favourite club, Manchester United.

She explained: “I was so happy to find out I’d been selected, and I am really proud to wear the kit of a club I love. We train on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Sundays we play matches in the boys’ league which is really challenging but good as they are really quick and strong. I’ve really enjoyed myself so far!”

She added: “I’m also quite active in school where I play netball, hockey and do cross-country. It’s sometimes a bit tricky to manage school work with all the training I do but my time keeping is pretty good.”

Mrs Newman, Director of Sport at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “Sasha is a hardworking, enthusiastic and talented young sports performer in a number of different sports. Her passion for football is evident and this is an extremely exciting time for her as she works her way up from grass roots level to onto the performance pathway. As a PE Department, we are very proud of her achievements and wish her every success with her attempt to fulfil her dream of playing for England; a distinct possibility if she continues with the same focus and mentality.”

Sasha’s role models in the world of football include Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, and she would like to play professionally herself. She said: “I think a year with United will be fantastic and I will learn a lot. They will push me further to gain better skills and to get stronger and faster. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me in football!”