A North East footballer is celebrating after being selected for
the first Great Britain women's football squad in Olympic
Gateshead College football coach and former student Jill Scott
will be one of 18 members making up the Team GB squad at London
2012 and is delighted to have been chosen.
The Sunderland-born player said: "I was ecstatic when I took the
call to say I'd made it into the Olympic squad and I can't wait to
play in front of the huge home crowds in London.
"With the Olympics being in England it's a massive opportunity
for women's football to get the publicity it deserves and needs,
but we all realise that comes from good performances so it will be
one of our main aims."
Jill will be cheered on by her students at Gateshead College -
she returned to her former place of study in 2008 and now inspires
other talented young players through her role as women's football
coach at the college's Academy for Sport.
The 25-year-old from Fulwell, Sunderland plays
semi-professionally for Everton Ladies FC. She is a regular England
international and has played in European championships and the
World Cup. The centre midfielder is a key member of the England
squad looking to qualify for Euro 2013.
The Team GB squad's first game of the tournament will be against
New Zealand and is also the first event of the whole Olympics on
July 25 at the Millennium Stadium. Jill helped England win 2 - 1
against them in last year's World Cup.
Melanie Reay, head coach at Gateshead College's Women's Football
Academy said: "We're all really excited for Jill and extremely
"She is a fantastic role model for the students here at the
college and we all wish her every success as part of the first ever
team to represent GB women's football at the Olympics."
In her role as football coach Jill has helped Gateshead
College's Women's Football Academy to win eight trophies in the
past four years. The academy has more than 40 players and is the
only women's academy in the North to be endorsed by the FA.
Any young players looking to follow in Jill's footsteps and
become a member of Gateshead College's Women's Football Academy
should contact Melanie Reay on firstname.lastname@example.org.