The squad was decided following trials at Hartpury College, and Mia was successful over two rounds against 60 players from across all AOC colleges in England. Mia will now join the 26-player squad showcasing their skills in tournaments across the UK and Europe.
Mia said: “I am delighted to have been selected for the squad. The standard of each trial I attended was really high. I am looking forward to getting started with the girls and playing at an intensity where I know I will be challenged. My course at Pompey in the Community has really helped me as the National Football Youth League is very competitive so I'm playing against good players every week so hopefully this will help me develop as a player.”
Mia, from Gosport, is currently completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport with Pompey in the Community (PitC), an independent charitable trust affiliated to Portsmouth Football Club delivered in partnership with Highbury College. PitC was quick to recognise Mia’s talents and nominated her to attend the trials which will raise her profile nationally.
PitC coach and tutor Phil Moody said: “Mia very proactive within the football programme she has continuously shown drive and passion to develop her own individual ability and game understanding to give her the best opportunity to play at the highest level. This is a great opportunity for Mia to showcase her ability and compete with others from across the country.”
Whilst at PitC, Mia regularly competes in the Under-19 Women's National Football Youth League, which aims to raise standards for talented football players in full-time education. At weekends, Mia plays senior football and is dual signed for Portsmouth Women and Moneyfields Ladies.
PitC Head of Education Dan Rook added: “Mia is a fantastic endorsement for our sports programme. This story is sure to be an inspiration for many under-19 players who are looking to progress in the game. The whole squad are delighted with her selection, and we will be following her progress closely. Well done Mia.”
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