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23rd May 2018

Esme is up for Vauxhall FA England Young Player of the Year!

Esme attended High Storrs up until this year when she had the opportunity to join the Manchester City team where they would take over her education provision. Her football career has continued to go from strength to strength, and we as a school, are so proud of what she has achieved!

Having played grassroots football locally until the end of the 15/16 season, Esme signed for Manchester City Women FC U16s in Autumn 2016, and moved up to their Development Squad in January 2017. She was invited to join the First Team’s pre-season preparations last Summer, travelling to Frankfurt and Toulouse playing against some of the world’s best players in a win over the European Champions, Lyon. On MCWFC’s suggestion, she left High Storrs, moving to Manchester in October 2017, to live with a host family, and go to a College adjacent to the City Football Academy, to enable her to maintain her studies while training more regularly and playing a fuller part in the First Team Squad alongside the England Captain, Steph Houghton, and numerous other star International players. Since then, she has made numerous starts in the FAWSL1, the Continental Cup, and has also been in their Champions League squads, travelling around Europe. She has also made important contributions to City’s Development Squad winning their League and Cup double.

Alongside her MCWFC progress, Esme made her first England appearance for the U17s in early 2017, playing a key part in their European Championships campaign. In October, she was promoted to a higher age group, scoring on her U19s debut versus Kazakhstan, and captained the side against France in March 2018. She played every minute of an ultimately unsuccessful Euros qualifying group in Slovakia in April, missing out by a single goal against Germany. That disappointment has been tempered by being nominated by the England Coaching team for the Vauxhall FA England Young Player of the Year (alongside four others) – which will be awarded at a gala dinner on 1st June, and being selected to the extended pre-squad for England Women’s U20s Training Camps, with the outside possibility of being selected for the Women’s U20 World Cup this summer.

To vote for Esme, just follow this link. It will take just a few seconds. There is a very short deadline, so please do it now!


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