MICHAELA Phillips enters the new season with two important roles: co-ordinating the provision of football opportunities for women and girls in our region, and keeping the ball out of the net for Plymouth Argyle Ladies.

As first-team goalkeeper for Argyle Ladies, Michaela has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign with clean sheets in some comfortable victories for the Pilgrims.

In her duties as women and girls officer, Michaela will be overseeing the first year of our dedicated Girls Football Academy, which is operated in partnership with City College Plymouth.

The Academy will play in a National League, taking on sides that include Chelsea, Sunderland, Burton Albion and more. It means a lot of travelling but great experiences of playing football at a high level. The first match is a trip to Swindon on September 27.

From an educational perspective, the girls are studying the full spectrum of Post-16 options, with some on the BTEC Sports programme but other pursuing a variety of A Level subjects. City College Plymouth have worked out a timetable that enables the girls to train on a regular basis, while pursuing their studies.

At the beginning of the pathway for female footballers, we have Wildcats sessions for Primary School children, as well as after-school clubs and Long-Term Player Development.

For the full range of football courses open to women and girls, please contact Michaela on michaela.phillips@pafc.co.uk or call 01752 562561 ext.4

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