Tutors and coaches at SGS College are extremely proud of student Isabelle Cook for being called up to represent the England U19s Women’s Football Club as well as Bristol City Women’s Professional 1st Team Squad.
Isabelle chose to enrol on the Level 3 Sports and Exercise Science course at SGS College to combine her interests in both Sport and Biology with the aim of progressing to university and fulfilling her dream of a career as a physiotherapist or paramedic.
In addition to her full-time study route, Isabelle also chose to become a member of the Football Academy. SGS College Women’s Football Academy was one of the first academies to offer full-time football training combined with academic qualifications for females in the UK, and has long been an established presence at the College.
Students between the ages of 16 and 21 are given the opportunity to combine academic study on the many courses available at SGS College with top-level coaching each week from Head Coach Dan Liddiard.
Dan Liddiard, Youth Development Head Coach commented:
“We’re all really proud of Izzy and she fully deserves the opportunity to go and show everyone what she can do. Izzy has put lots of hard work in over the past year since she has joined our progamme both on the pitch and in the classroom and it is starting to pay off for her. It’s a real skill balancing both the football commitments as well as achieving in the classroom and Izzy is superb at that. I am hoping that she can inspire others to strive towards a dual-career”
“When I saw the call up email for the England u19s camp I was very happy and proud of myself. I thought this is a great opportunity to show them what I can do, and I can go and enjoy the experience. I feel as though I have grown a lot as a player this year in the academy squad and was definitely prepared and confident about the call up. The coaching I have received from Bristol City coaches in the last year has helped me develop a lot as a player but has also shaped me as a person too. Both the coaches and the tutors have supported me along my journey with everything I have needed and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, which has made me a more confident and independent person. The environment I am in everyday challenges me to play the best football I can, as I am surrounded by excellent and supportive players who make training fun but testing too.”
Many other students have left SGS College to take up football scholarships in the USA upon completion of their studies, whilst others have continued to train during the week at the Academy by taking up degree courses at SGS College.
Trials for the Women’s Football Academy are held during the school breaks during the academic calendar and throughout the summer.
For more information, please contact our head coach Dan Liddiard on [email protected].