卡罗琳·威尔(Caroline Weir)独家报道:曼城女足联演之星

时间:2020-11-18 17:47:34

Lockdown was a time of reflection for many but Manchester City’s Caroline Weir put that period to better use than most

封锁是许多人的反思期,但曼城的卡罗琳·威尔(Caroline Weir)认为这一时期比大多数人更好

The Scotland international thought about her own journey to the top of the professional game


A journey that brought a place in the PFA team of the year for last season and FA Cup success at Wembley earlier this month


Weir recalled her childhood matches with Elgin Star and the early days at Hibs back when a career in professional football still seemed unattainable

韦尔回忆起她与埃尔金·斯塔尔(Elgin Star)的童年比赛,以及在希布斯(Hibs)的早期时代,那时职业足球生涯似乎仍然遥不可及

It inspired her decision to give something back by joining Common Goal as well as becoming a global ambassador for Girls United, a charitable organisation providing girls with equal access to sport


"It was a good time to take a moment and realise what was important," Weir tells


"Working with Girls United matched up with what I am passionate about which is girls being included in football


Gender equality in sport is kind of my thing." This has been a difficult time for advocates of equality when it comes to women"s football


If the unhelpful comments of the outgoing FA chairman hinted at an ongoing disparity in the sport, the decision to deem girls" academies non-elite and shut them down during lockdown, while the boys were allowed to continue, appeared to confirm it


"I think the perception was that women"s football was closer to being equal and going in the right direction, which it was," says Weir


"But I think we saw with the pandemic that men"s football was further in front and, unfortunately, women"s football took a bit of a back seat


"It is difficult because there are obviously reasons behind it but it does just highlight that the women"s game still has a long way to go not just at professional level but at academy level


"The game has grown maybe quicker than people thought, especially in the last few years安徽城联网


The decision-makers just need to catch up with it and make sure they do the right things." When Weir discusses the women"s football boom, she cites the 2019 World Cup but is too modest to reference her own part in it


It was her 25-yard goal that decided the first-ever Manchester derby that same year in front of a crowd of over 30,000 at the Etihad Stadium

正是她的25码目标决定了当年在阿提哈德球场(Atihad Stadium)超过3万名观众面前的曼彻斯特首度德比大战。

"People are still asking me about it so I think I have lived off it for long enough," she laughs


Download Scores: Apple | AndroidThe UK"s No 1 scores app: Find out moreThat moment was the culmination of years of hard work, and years of fun

下载分数:苹果| Android The UK"s No 1 scores app:了解更多那一刻是多年努力和乐趣的巅峰时刻

The humble beginnings, playing in a seven-a-side league for Elgin Star alongside her brothers and sisters

卑微的开始,与兄弟姐妹们一起为埃尔金·斯塔尔(Elgin Star)参加了一个七人制联赛

"I remember those days so well," she says


"I was five or six playing in my local playing fields in Dunfermline alongside loads of boys


Those were really happy times


Our weekends were just consumed with football


That was where my love for the sport began." Weir joined Hibs when she was 10 years old playing with girls who were three years her senior


There was no obvious path to the first team


In fact, her father had to help create it


"He kind of became the chairperson of it and linked the youth teams to the first team and we then saw the pathway because we did not even know there was a first team or who was in it


We never saw them, we did not train at the same place, we did not see their games


"With the help of a lot of others, he created that pathway that my friends - who are still my friends now in the national team and playing professionally elsewhere - came through." Now 25, she recalls the challenges that many of her peers were unable to overcome


The youngsters who drifted away from the sport, discouraged and disheartened


"When I was a teenage girl, football was not really the thing to do


A lot of girls in the teams that I played in, there were other things going on that were more interesting to them


"It can be a really difficult time


There were moments at Hibs when I was still a teenager and I was not sure where I was going to go and what I was doing it all for, but I pushed through


"There were other players who you could see were talented


We went to Scotland camps together but you flash forward a few years and they were nowhere to be seen


They had dropped off


I think that is such a shame


There are definite improvements to be made


"One of the problems was that there were no role models really that would help you to see where you could end up going in the sport


It was starting to change but it was a slow process


I did not know whether professional football was even an opportunity for women


"Nowadays with the visible role models that we have, teenage girls have a clearer idea of where they might end up and can follow that path now


If you are a 12-year-old girl who loves football and you can see that there is someone out there like Steph Houghton, with all that she has achieved in the game, then you know that it is possible for you to do the same." Weir is an ambassador herself now, quite literally

如果您是一个热爱足球的12岁女孩,并且可以看到像Steph Houghton这样的人,她在比赛中所取得的成就,那么您就知道做同样的事情”“实际上,Weir本身就是大使。

She is determined to make an impact with Girls United and the organisation is growing

她决心与Girls United产生影响,并且该组织正在不断壮大

Launched in Mexico in 2017, a club in south London has since been added too


To date, they have been engaged with over 800 players and more than 60 coaches through their seven clubs across two continents


In October, Girls United launched the Black Coaches Matter project dedicated to creating pathways in football coaching for black women, such as their own Greer-Aylece Robinson


She was among those involved in helping to host a football tournament for over 150 girls last year in partnership with Brixton Learning, a group of state schools in south London

去年,她与伦敦南部的一所公立学校Brixton Learning合作,参与帮助举办了150多个女孩足球锦标赛。

"Working with female coaches made a great difference," explains Jenny Smith, a teacher with Brixton Learning

“与女教练一起工作有很大的不同,” Brixton Learning的老师Jenny Smith解释道

"Often these girls see football as a sport for boys, coached by men


This was exactly what we needed to encourage more girls in school to think about playing." It is also exactly what Weir has in mind when she talks of giving back and helping the next generation


She is keen to see where it all began in Mexico when the time is right


"That would be a nice wee trip." But there is no rush


This is a long-term commitment now


"Of course, the number one priority is still playing and training because I am at an age and at a club where it has to be and football careers do not go on forever


But I want to do more than put my name to it, I want to be proactive and I want to make a difference if I can


"I want to really help."



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