The appointment of experienced footballer Meg Baldwin to the Thistley Hough PE teaching team has led to a surge in interest in the sport among the Academy girls.
Since joining the teaching team in September Meg has created and coached an Academy girls’ team, who are going from strength to strength in their fixtures against other schools thanks to her strategies and experience.
Meg is a great role model for the girls as she began playing football aged 11 and was selected for Plymouth Argyle, before securing a contract at Chelsea Ladies Academy aged 16, and now plays as a midfielder for Port Vale Ladies Squad.
She said: “Girls football at Thistley Hough Academy has really taken off and I’m so impressed with the enthusiasm, competitiveness and resilience the girls have shown and they’ve made real progress.
“From day one I had 20 girls from Year 7 through to Year 11 wanting to play and that number has never dipped. They really enjoy learning all the skills then putting them into practice in a game at the end of the session.
“Whenever we play against other schools, they always comment on the rapid improvement we’re making and that’s really helped the girls to thrive and given them the enthusiasm to keep developing.
“I have been involved in coaching local girls’ teams who have all been successful and enjoyed playing football, and I love bringing that motivation and enjoyment to Thistley Hough. I want to ensure the girls have an equal opportunity to get involved in football, have fun, and hopefully continue their love for the sport outside of school.”
Any parents or pupils interested in finding out more about Thistley Hough Academy can call to book in and tour the Academy by calling 01782 883500.