Meet Emily Roberts, 18, a mid-fielder for Lincoln ladies Football Club. She was kind enough to tell us a little bit about her experience of playing, and how she thinks we can get women’s football more in the public eye…
Hi Emily, Can you tell us when you first started getting interested in football?
My interest for football began when I was about 6 going on 7, just as a bit of fun I would play with lads in the street and then started to attend football in the community.
What is it that you enjoy most about playing?
The main thing I enjoy about playing football is working within a team to get positive results and also there is no greater feeling than taking on a few players and putting the ball in the back of the net! My proudest moment so far is scoring against Arsenal in the Women’s Super League.
Who is your personal female sporting hero?
I have two, one is Kim Little she is a great footballer and can literally dribble her way out of any situation. My second sporting hero is Casey Stoney, she demonstrates good leadership skills and is always motivating you to improve.
What do you think could be done to give Women’s football a higher public profile?
I think if women’s football had more media attention, i.e. games being shown on T.V on channels which people are likely to watch, there will be a lot more publicity. We also need advertisements of when big games are being played like in the men’s.
What are your plans for the future with your football career?
I am looking forward to playing another season in the Women’s Super League with Lincoln (which is soon changing to become Notts County). I am aiming to fight for a place in the starting 11 each week, which I know will take a lot of hard work as it is the highest level of women’s football in this country. My future plans are at the moment are too make the starting 11 each week where I can hopefully get the attention of England.
Did you know… The FA Women’s Super League, is the highest division of women’s football in England and began in April 2011. 8 Teams currently compete in the league, including Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton, Lincoln Ladies and Liverpool.