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Female footballers celebrate success

West Herts College’s Centre of Football Excellence Female Academy have celebrated success recently, both as a team and as individual members.

The team, made up of female football excellence students, have been league winners for three consecutive seasons and the girls have gone from strength to strength, maintaining an incredibly high level of performance across each campaign.

Head coach and tutor Sam Takis has praised the girls’ hard work and dedication to their skills and studies as the reason for continued success, saying: “The girls work hard on and off the pitch. Their commitment to both their training and their studies has helped them to secure three consecutive League titles, and achieve excellent results in their BTEC qualification.” Last year the team marched to the finals of the Premier Cup and the College U18’s cup, just missing out on both occasions but determined to go a step further next year.

In addition to enhancing their football skills, students of the Female Centre of Excellence work hard in the classroom to further their prospects for their next steps after College. Many students have continued their education in a sports-related degree, to coach professional or even to play football for women’s teams across the UK.

Jodie Whitford-Stark, a former student, studied for a BA Hons in Sports Business and Management and has recently gained her UEFA B coaching license. She now works with Sports Recruit USA and is head football coach for the women’s side. Katie Knell, another ex-Centre of Excellence student, secured a scholarship in the United States during her time with us and, upon returning, re-signed for Watford Ladies and is now completing her degree.

The Ladies Centre of Excellence scheme continues to improve year on year, with students going on to USA scholarships and a range of different careers, including personal training, USA scholarships, sports nutrition, teaching, professional football, sports psychology and more!

The Centre of Football Excellence course is open to players of all standards – we have the facilities and expert coaches to help you develop your skills towards a professional standard. If you’re interested in joining our successful squad, you can apply now