‘I joined Arsenal Ladies football club at the age of eight. I used to play football in my local neighbourhood with my brother and the other boys and that’s once I was noticed. I’d go to high school in the day, then practice after that, 4 or 5 occasions every week.
‘Now, I start the day around 7am with a protein shake, then head into Arsenal Training Centre near St Albans in Hertfordshire. We can grab a tea or coffee before training begins – the team will then gather for a meeting to discuss the training session ahead. We’ll all the time have a pre-activation session, which is all about getting the muscle teams warmed up and we do that as a workforce. Conditioning comes subsequent. We’ll put on heart-rate screens to examine how a lot we’re working in the pink [high-intensity] zone – throughout totally different coaching periods, we’d need to hit totally different zones for a specific amount of time. On different days, our coaching may need extra of a concentrate on drills, resembling passing expertise or recreation techniques.
‘We’ll have lunch as a workforce and that is served at the coaching floor. All our meals is ready to assist us recuperate and replenish. It is perhaps hen, salad and soup with potatoes or rice. We’ll hit the fitness center afterwards, however each participant has her personal particular person fitness center programme. This may even range all through the yr and season. At the second I’m doing squats, Romanian deadlifts for glute and hamstring power, hip thrusters, field jumps, core workouts and bench lifts. Whether we’re in a power part or energy part will decide the sequence and drills we’re given.
‘After that, we need to make sure there’s lots of restoration, so I’ll seize one other protein shake earlier than it’s time to loosen up. I’ll stroll the canine and have dinner, which is generally one thing like salmon and salad. I play the guitar and am making an attempt to study Spanish, in order that’s additionally my down time. Then we do all of it once more the subsequent day, seven days every week. Sometimes our supervisor will permit us a day off to recuperate, however that’s his name if he feels the group wants it. Over the final couple of years, I’ve additionally been working with the BBC, presenting on The Premier League Show with Gabby Logan, London Live, Soccer AM and Premier League Productions’ FanZone.
‘I did my degree in 2012 in professional sports writing and broadcasting and graduated just before the World Cup, so TV has been a natural progression over the last few years. Women footballers are usually pushed into coaching or to become managers but that doesn’t curiosity me. I’ve been round the sport my entire life so I need to keep concerned and this path opened up. It permits me to interact in conversations and convey out the totally different personalities of the gamers on digital camera. Eventually, I’d love to do extra presenting work – at 32 I’m in the latter years of my profession so we’ll see what occurs. For now, I’ll be specializing in the Euros.’
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