Women's football at Solihull Sixth Form College has been boosted by the news that one of its stars has just made her England Under-19 debut.
Goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley, aged 17, played her first game for the England Under-19 Ladies at St George’s Park in a 1-1 draw against Norway.
“I played for 80 minutes,” said Sophie. “I had a reasonable amount to do and I was pleased with my performance.
“It was great to be involved with England and I hope I will get more opportunities. I’d like to rise as high as I can, including playing for the senior England team.”
Sophie had attended a three-day training camp before the fixture and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
She has previously been involved with England at Under-15 and Under-17 level and is also a goalkeeper at Birmingham City Ladies.
She added: “I’ve been playing football since I was seven years old, when I joined my local team Derby County.
“This year I moved to Birmingham City Ladies because it gave me the opportunity to train six days a week. It means living away from home with a host family, but it’s been good.”
Lee Jones, curriculum leader of sport, said: “Sophie was over the moon to be selected for the match and we are very pleased for her.”
Sophie is studying A-levels in biology, chemistry, maths and physical education and is considering going onto university.
“I’d love to play football professionally, but ladies football does not offer many players the chance to be professionals, so I’m looking at university when I finish my A levels in 2015,” she said.