Tranmere Rovers Women have recently promoted young player, Amy Shannon, from the development team to the first team.
We spoke to Amy about her journey at Tranmere so far:
“I started at the Club with the U12s and after a short time away I returned and went to the development team I played for last season and the start of this one. They were all so welcoming to me when I came back and it’s been the same with the first team since I have been with them.
“As soon as you join Tranmere, everyone just wants the best for and from you and you can see from the first team that Tranmere have a really good pathway and if you keep working hard, anything is achievable”
Having started the season playing with the Tranmere Rovers Women's development team, Amy had shone through and was noticed by the first team management squad and was signed up to be a part of the team.
It didn’t take long for Amy to be named as part of the match day squad as a week later she travelled to Manchester to take on league leaders, FC United, and even came on during the second half.
Speaking about being with the first team and getting a call up to the squad, Amy said:
“It was amazing! When Louise first said my name it was an amazing feeling and I couldn’t wait.
“It was exciting to get my first call up to the squad but it was also nerve wracking because I didn’t expect it to happen so quick, I thought it would take a few weeks or months.
“I noticed a difference in intensity from what I was used to but it just made me want to work harder and I already feel like I fit in with the team.”
A week later and Amy was named in the starting 11 which came as a shock to her:
“I wasn’t expecting to get into the starting 11 so quick but it was an amazing feeling when the manager read out my name, to show that he has faith in me so quickly is great but also nerve wracking.”
With the rise of Women’s football in the UK, Amy spoke about how it is different for younger girls now to her when she was growing up.
“I had to start playing football with a boys team because there weren’t any girls teams about and even then I was the only girl in the team. It’s great to see so many girls teams about now and you don’t have to travel far to be able to play and to see it on the TV is a great thing for the sport.”
Tranmere Rovers Women offer football for young girls from U10s right through to open age, competing and training weekly. It offers a fantastic pathway in development that has seen the likes of Sue Smith and Jodie Taylor come through the ranks.
If you’re interested in getting involved in football with Tranmere Rovers Women or for more information on what we offer then please email LouiseE@tranmererovers.co.uk
Keep up to date with the team by following them on social media @TRFCwomen or by CLICKING HERE