England keeper drops in for training session with college female footballers

Carly Telford (front, centre) with the New College Durham ladies football team
Carly Telford (front, centre) with the New College Durham ladies football team
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STUDENTS at a Durham college were in safe hands when an international footballer paid them a visit.

The newly-launched ladies football team at New College Durham was delighted to welcome England international goalkeeper Carly Telford to a training session.

The 26-year-old, who is originally from Stanley, has played for Sunderland Women’s team and Chelsea Ladies and is now playing for Notts County Ladies.

Lindsey Robinson, from County Durham Sport, delivered the training session with the professional player before hosting a penalty shoot-out and a question and answer session.

Abbie Inglis, 17, is captain of the New College Durham team.

She said: “All the players are from different courses across the college.

“It was awesome having a professional footballer come to our training session today, and she gave us lots of good advice.”

The goalkeeper gave advice about getting into professional women’s football, and praised the work of the college’s sports development co-ordinator Donna Knowles, who set up the team in October and arranged funding through the Sportivate programme.

Donna said: “It is unbelievable how far the girls have come in such a short space of time and it is testament to their commitment how they have overcome the barriers of balancing both their work and college responsibilities so they can play a game that they really enjoy.

“I am delighted to have been able to support the girls and I am looking forward to seeing them develop even more throughout the season.” The team play in the British Schools and Colleges (BSC) League and played their first match after only three weeks of training.