When did you attend Reigate College and what did you study?
I was at Reigate College between 1994 and 1996 and started off studying 4 A Levels in Physical Education, Geography, Business & Information Studies and Biology. I dropped Biology after the first year and went on to get an ‘A’ in Physical Education, ‘C’ in Geography and ‘C’ in Business and IS. It goes without saying that my favourite subject was Physical Education!
What did you do after you left?
When I left College, I decided to defer my place at university and took up a position as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. It was at 18 (in 1996) that I joined Arsenal Ladies and was first selected to play for England. Fortunately, it all took off from there.
How do you feel your time at Reigate helped you in your career?
Reigate College provided me with my first opportunity, throughout my schooling years, to play and compete in organised football matches.
It was also the place where I discovered what I was good at! Paul Walker was both my PE teacher and Football team coach and it was his enthusiasm and support that spurred me on to improve my game and achieve an ‘A’ Grade in PE. I’ve been fortunate to have had many great career highlights and have won many honours – twenty-five to date – including the Womens’ Champions League in 2007. My greatest achievements however, are to have played and captained the England Ladies’ team at the 2007 World Cup and to have played in the European Championship Final in 2009. I’ve been lucky to have also had the opportunity to work as a commentator and have done TV pundit work for Eurosport, Sky, Setanta Sports and the BBC.
Left Reigate College: 1996