Throughout the season. we’ll be asking our players to offer their top tips for aspiring young players!
They’re a must-read for any player looking to make a career in the game…
Liz Ejupi’s Top Tips
- Get touches on the ball as much as you can. Find walls to play two touch with; something that bounces back to work on your first touch. Pick out a tree and say tour going to hit the tree. Keep repeating. Sleep with your football.
- Do kick-ups wherever you go. In your room, garden, up and down stairs. Work on that head-feet co-ordination early.
- Watch football. Watch your favourite players play. Watch YouTube videos of their highlights. Study them. Start to visualise yourself on the pitch!
Becky Salicki’s Top Tips
- Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!
- Work on your fundamentals – both feet, communication, leadership.
- Never give up! If you fall down 6 times get back up 7!
Beth Hepple’s Top Tips
- Make sure you enjoy it!
- Believe in yourself!
- Do more than the person next to you!
Ellie Christon’s Top Tips
- Be willing to do more than what is asked or expected of you. Work hard for your teammates!
- Work on your mindset just as much as your technical, tactical and physical ability. Being mentally resilient will make a huge difference to your game and career longevity.
- Always have fun and attack training games with a positive attitude. When things get tough, remember why you started!
Mollie Lambert’s Top Tips
- Be committed.
- Have self-confidence and never give up.
- Always want to be better and do the extra work.
Dee Bradley’s Top Tips
- Focus on controlling the things you can.
- Always finish your tea with a dessert.
- As my favourite human (Ellen DeGeneres) always says – ‘be kind to one another’.
Kathryn Hill’s Top Tips
- Watch as many games as you can – Premier League etc. You’ll learn to read the game better.
- Practice with boot feet.
- Have a laugh when you can. It doesn’t always need to be serious!
Megan Borthwick’s Top Tips
- Be confident – believe in yourself and your ability.
- Always be willing to learn.
- Enjoy it, you will play your best football when you are happy.
Lauren Briggs’ Top Tips
- Don’t let setbacks knock you.
- Be confident in your ability.
- Always remember to enjoy the journey.
Grace Ayre’s Top Tips
- Put 100% into every training session.
- Watch as much football as possible, it helps so much.
- Be versatile, playing different positions enhances your chances of getting into the team!
Emily Roberts’ Top Tips
- Ensure you can play with both feet.
- Although hard work is a key part, make sure to enjoy yourself.
- Practice good ball control.
Rio Hardy’s Top Tips
- Out-work everyone else.
- Have a good attitude.
- Watch football matches to learn from professionals.
Sarah Wilson’s Top Tips
- You might think you’re missing out when you’re at training and everyone else is doing other things, but I promise it will all pay off in the end!
- Make sure you not only work hard on the pitch, but work hard in college or school. Having a back-up plan is important.
- Just keep working hard in training and you will reap the rewards!