Former student and England international inspires U16s

Former sport student and official Gateshead College ambassador, Jill Scott, has taken a break from her duties at Manchester City to speak to up and coming talent competing in an U16 tournament at our Academy for Sport.

England women’s football champion, Jill, visited the Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium where she continued her pledge to inspire the next generation of female athletes.

 Jill was at the U16 school football tournament where she cheered on the players from all six schools competing before speaking to them about her career experience since her time at Gateshead College.

The tournament, which was managed and refereed by the college’s Women’s Football Academy students, was won by Northumberland’s St Benet Biscop. The team will now be displaying a signed Manchester City top in their trophy cabinet.

The other teams competing were St Leonards (Durham), Excelsior Academy (Newcastle), Hermitage Academy (Chester-le-Street), Conyers School (Yarm) and Joseph Swan (Gateshead). All players also got a signed photo from Jill.

Jill said: “It’s always great to come back to Gateshead College. I was very impressed with the level of football played in the tournament and it was exciting to see the new talent coming through.

“Matches and competitions really help to build practical skills, experience and professionalism and this tournament provided a great opportunity for different schools to meet that might not normally compete.”    

Jill’s role as ambassador for the college includes her championing sport and encouraging budding athletes through delivering masterclasses and enhancing the student experience at the women’s football academy. She will also help to raise the profile of Gateshead College and its Academy of Sport through being an official spokesperson at key events.

Since completing her studies at Gateshead College, Jill has had an impressive career in women’s football. In 2015, she secured her 100th England cap in China. She has also competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, played for Sunderland Women, Everton Ladies and Manchester City. Jill is one of three former Gateshead College Women’s Football Academy students who now play for England. They are Sunderland Ladies goalkeeper Rachael Laws and left-sided full back, Demi Stokes, who is also at City with Jill.

Gateshead College is the leading college for sport in the region and boasts several specialist sports academies which offer state-of-the-art facilities as well as first class training, coaching and advice. The facilities include classrooms equipped with sports science and medicine facilities, a performance lab, aerobics studio, learning resource centre, an 83 metre-long athletics hall, outdoor artificial and grass pitches and a floodlit throwing area.