Interview with Hannah Roberts – Girl's Football Week

What course are you studying?

I am a 1st Year Football Journalism student. I was originally going to study a Sport Business degree, but had been doing some football writing as a hobby (articles, website, twitter) whilst at school and decided that I’d like to pursue my interest further. Derby is the only University that specialises in Football Journalism. My ambition is to work in sports journalism after my degree – preferably in football if I can

How long have you been playing football?

I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old and played for Garston Ladies FC in Watford throughout school in St Albans. I now play for the University of Derby Women’s Football team, and have joined local club Pride Park Ladies too.

What motivated you to take part in the Social Football Leagues and play for the FJs?

I really enjoy playing football competitively but when Pete Lansley, our Journalism lecturer, suggested we entered a team from our Football Journalism course into the social leagues (the FJs) I thought it would be a great opportunity to play socially – and have fun - with my course mates. You can’t really play the 11-a-side game in a social mixed social format as an adult so the 6-a-side social leagues provide the ideal opportunity to play informally

What have you enjoyed most so far about playing in the leagues?

Playing with my course mates. I’m the only female in the team, but it makes no difference to the FJs - or to the any of the other teams that play in the league!!

Who’s your footy inspiration? (player, coach, other)

Katie Chapman – England and Chelsea player. She’s one of the most decorated players in women’s football, playing for England at two World Cups and three European Championships as well as Captaining Chelsea. (I am passionate about Chelsea LFC and women’s football, which were the key inspirations behind my football writing!!)

Our 6-a-side league is mixed but we don’t get many girls playing – what would you say to other students that have considered taking part.

Football is football. You can get a lot out of it whatever your level – learn a new sport, get fit and active, socialise, meet people – maybe even become the next Katie Chapman!
If you enjoy playing – or have never played but would like to try – then why not give it a go?! As well as the social leagues, the Women’s Football Club caters for a range of abilities and experience. New players always welcome

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