Tuesday 6th July 2010 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Amy Longhurst is a talented footballer, having scored 11 goals for Leicester ladies' team during the past season.
She first started the sport when she was six and has been playing for Leicester since she was ten years old. She plays a game every Sunday and attends training for two further nights each week.
Amy, who plays in midfield, said: 'I've got a twin brother who used to play for a Rutland team. I used to go down to training with him because my dad was the manager. One day he passed me the ball and I was dribbling around and I just got into it really.
'Everyone says that women's football is slower but we've given the boys' academy a good game before. On a typical week we will do a core session, toning the body up, then we have tactical and skills-related drills for the following hour. Then on Thursday the team is picked for Sunday so that's the session where you have to put all your efforts in.'
Amy was picked for the team consistently last season, except for three weeks when she was injured. They did so well last season that they were promoted to the Premiership Division which means that Amy, who is studying Sports, Business, Economics and Chemistry at A Level, will hopefully play the women's teams from top clubs like Charlton, Everton, Arsenal, Leeds and Liverpool when the season restarts in September.
She said: 'There's a lot of rivalry. I'm not the strongest physical person around so I've got to be strong in other areas. You have to be quite mentally tough. When I went there first I was quite young and people used to shout if I lost the ball. You've got to put that to the back of your mind and just get on with playing the game.'