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High School

#letgirlsplayday

We took part in a #letgirlsplayday at Oakington Primary School. The event was attended by our Inspiring year 9 Game On leaders who assisted the QPR and FA coaches in running the event. 

Ahead of this summer's Women's Euros Kingsbury students got the opportunity to interview England legend Kelly Smith.

English former football forward who spent three spells with FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies. After moving to the United States, Smith broke records with Seton Hall University then played professionally with Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) franchise Philadelphia Charge. After returning to Arsenal for a period which included a 2007 UEFA Women's Cup win, Smith was tempted back to America with another professional contract, this time with Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

She accumulated 117 caps for the England women's national football team since making her debut in 1995. Smith is England's second-highest goalscorer with 46 goals.

Arsenal

●      Premier League: 1996–97, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08

●      FA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2013–14, 2015–16

●      Premier League Cup: 2006–07

●      FA Community Shield: 2005, 2006

●      UEFA Champions League: 2006–07

England

●      Cyprus Cup: 2009

●      UEFA Women's Championship runner-up: 2009

●      Great Britain 2012 London Olympics

 

Who Inspired you to play football /Favorite player?

Have you ever heard of Ian Wright? He used to play for Arsenal and England. He always played with a smile on his face, really enthusiastic especially when he scored goals. His enthusiasm and energy I have always tried to install in my game.

 

What were the barriers  you had to overcome to become a professional football player?

When I was 14-15 I played football every day in school on the playground. I did not have the opportunities that there are today to play football. I wanted to be a professional footballer, but my vision was not in England -there was no professional league. I was lucky enough to be spotted by an American scout, they offered me a scholarship to get educated in America. To get educated but train every day felt like being a professional. After University, I went straight into their professional league which was a dream come true. However, now in England you have a professional league, so aspiring footballers have the opportunity.

 

What advice would you give to young female footballers now?

Believe in yourself, don't let anyone tell you you cannot play. I was told I was the wrong gender - I did not listen to them. I believed in myself, my ability. I knew it was good to play football for my self-esteem and confidence.

Do you think we will be watching England play in the final on July 31st ?

We saw from the Arnold Cup that they can win. We have a lot of different strengths in the squad and a manager who knows how to win. The previous teams have lost in two semi-finals in the build up. Losing angers you, but you learn from it. These players are now on home soil: lots of expectations and lots of pressure, but they will thrive on being on home soil. Do I think they can do it … yes ….Let's go England!