Gateshead College's Women's Football Academy shows support for GB footballer Jill Scott

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 against Cameroon.

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 us.

"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 academies."

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 generation'.

"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."