Jordan: Play anywhere
With Girls’ Football Week (23-29 April) nearly upon us, England star Jordan Nobbs says you should get out and kick a ball in whatever space you have.
We are encouraging female players up and down the country to get their boots on and get active later this month.
Jordan said: “If you’ve never played the game before then Girls’ Football Week is a great time to start.
“There are loads of venues putting on sessions, so why not give it a go?
“And it doesn’t matter if you don’t live anywhere near a pitch; you could just kick a ball around in your garden.
“That’s where I first fell in love with the game – in my nan and grandad’s back garden.”
So where else has Jordan enjoyed playing football? She gave us her top three…
1. Nan and grandad’s garden
“My first memories of playing football were in my nan and grandad’s back garden. Me and my dad used to play head tennis for hours.
“My dad would stick two spades in the ground and tie a hosepipe across them to make the net.
“I have many fond memories of those kickabouts.”
2. Wembley Stadium
“I’ve been lucky enough to play at Wembley twice. England played there against Germany in 2014 and I almost scored the quickest-ever goal at the stadium. We lost 3-0 but it was great to play at the most famous stadium in the world.
“The next time things went a bit better for me as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the SSE Women’s FA Cup in 2016. That was an amazing day. Lifting The FA Cup at Wembley is what every player dreams of.”
“Belarus will always be a special place for me and a lot of the England girls because that’s where we won the U19 Euros in 2009.
“We had a great squad that year and never lost a game all season. There was me, Toni Duggan, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jade Moore, Izzy Christiansen and Gemma Bonner and we have all gone on to play for the senior team.
“Winning the Euros was one of the best things I’ve done in my career so far.”
To take part in Girls’ Football Week visit TheFA.com/GirlsFootballWeek