Football star inspires students

Chelsea Ladies footballer, Bethany England, visited students at Barnsley College’s Sports campus.

The former Barnsley Sixth Form College student was a regular on the college’s football squad. She returned to the Sports College to speak to the current ladies football team about her experience as a professional footballer with Chelsea Ladies and the England under 23s squad.

Bethany, 22, spoke about her time at the Sixth Form College and her journey into professional football.

“I loved my time at Barnsley Sixth Form and playing on the college’s football team has given me some of the best experiences of my life. It’s a really great place to learn and the staff are really supportive.”

Bethany said: “I loved my time at Barnsley Sixth Form and playing on the college’s football team has given me some of the best experiences of my life. It’s a really great place to learn and the staff are really supportive.

“I feel it’s really important to share the importance of education to the next cohort of players. I told them about why it’s vital to get the qualifications and to take the amazing opportunities that the college offers.”

Mark Ryan, Sport Programme Manager at the college, added: “Bethany is a fantastic footballer who has worked extremely hard to get to the position she’s in today. It’s fantastic when former students remain in contact with the college and return to share their experiences so they can inspire the next generation.”

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