We'll be watching with pride on Tuesday 31 July as one of our
own looks to make another piece of history at the London 2012
Olympic Games with Team GB.
Women's footballer Jill Scott, a former student and current
coach at our Academy for Sport Gateshead College, will walk out in
front of a near-capacity Wembley Stadium crowd on Wednesday night
as Team GB take on Brazil in their final group game.
The side - the first ever Great Britain women's football team -
have already made it through to the quarter-finals after two
victories, with Scott amongst the scorers in the most recent win
The attractive nature of the fixture and the impressive
performances of Team GB in their opening fixtures have ensured that
the attendance at Wembley tonight could well break the record
women's Olympic crowd, which currently stands at 76,489.
Melanie Reay, head coach of our Women's Football Academy, calls
Scott's participation in the Games an 'extremely proud moment' for
"Jill studied a BTEC National Diploma in Sport Science at
Gateshead College," Melanie explains. "During that time, she was a
member of the Women's Football Academy, where she received up to
nine hours of football coaching per week."
After gaining her qualificaton, Scott then returned to coach
with us, a position which she has held for the last five years,
while also playing for Everton and England.
Her experiences as a student and a top class athlete make her a
fine role model to current students, says Melanie.
"Our students will not only be inspired and trained by an
Olympian, but they can also see first hand what her progression has
been - from student to Olympian. She demonstrates what can be
achieved through the College if you work hard, stay dedicated and
commit to your sport."
She continues: "Jill is the complete role model, not just to our
footballers but to students at all of our other sport
Scott is one of a strong contingent of students and graduates
that have helped Team GB to two wins from their opening two games,
and Melanie believes that the example set by the likes of Scott can
fulfil one of London 2012's key objectives, to 'inspire a
"Our students are in the position Jill was, and they can see
what happens if you're dedicated on and off the pitch.
"It is very important to have the right attitude on the field
and in the classroom. You need to get the balance right to ensure
both sporting and academic success. If you are able to do that, as
Jill have shown, you can be very successful."