Loughborough Foxes WFC
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Stoke City FC (Women)
Loughborough Foxes WFC
Hi, my name is Rebecca Knight and I play for Loughborough Foxes.
Why did you start playing football? And how important is football now for you?
I have been at the club for 4 years now and I am playing the best football of my career so far. I started playing at the age of 12 for Stoke City Academy and was inspired by my dad and granddad from a young age. Football is a huge part of my life, not only playing but coaching and teaching. I have around 10 years’ experience coaching now and just started my first year as a newly qualified teacher.
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
Preparation for games is vital to ensure I play to the best level I can. Fluids and ABBA seem to be a good match routine in the changing rooms before an important game.
Rebecca, what are your specific qualities as a football player?
Being nearly 6ft I think my best attributes are heading, holding up the ball and I also feel my that my passing ability especially through balls, really gives a different option for me to play as either a striker or as a number 10.
Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?
Growing up my number 1 player to watch was Ronaldo. His skills on the ball, eye for goal and dedication to the game, make him the best player in the world.
What were your highs and lows during your football career?
My personal highs and lows during my football career have both come during cup games. Losing any cup final hurts but playing against Donny Bells in the 5th round of the FA (7 years ago) has to be the best day of my footballing career.
Rebecca, what is your proudest moment of your career so far?
The atmosphere in the stadium and playing in front of hundreds of people is something I will never forget. After breaking my ankle twice and missing out on around about 2 years of football in total, I really do now appreciate any opportunity I get to play and train no matter what the weather!
Which current women’s player would you like to emulate in the future?
There are so many brilliant female footballers out there and I have had the opportunity to meet and play against so many of them and even met many of the England ladies team at the FA women’s football awards about 5 years ago whilst playing for Leicester City.
What are your targets for this season?
My targets for the future are to play at the highest level possible whilst also enjoying my football and playing regularly. f have given me the opportunity to do that and I will always be thankful to them for not only increasing my confidence in football but making me a better player overall!