Over the next few months, we’re going to be getting to know our sports scholars a little bit better.

This week, we are introducing Emily Hollinshead, who competes for MMU as part of our Manchester-based women's football team in the Northern 1A BUCS league.  Outside of University, Emily also competes as part of Everton Ladies and has recently been selected for the Wales Senior squad.

Before making her debut for Everton Ladies' first team in May 2014 in their game against Durham, Emily also won the North West league with Manchester United, represented Crewe Alexandra at the Dallas International Soccer tournament and attended the England U15s camp.

We spoke to Emily about how she got involved with football.

Name   Emily Hollinshead

Course Primary Education

Year of study First

Hometown Nantwich, Cheshire

Position Right/Left Wing

Home club Everton Ladies

How did you get involved with your sport?

I attended a training session held every Saturday morning at my local leisure centre and enjoyed taking part.   After this, a girl's session was then introduced.  I then heard about the FA Centre of Excellence scheme, joining the Crewe Alex Centre of Excellence aged nine. I have since played for Manchester United and Everton.

What are your notable achievements outside of sport?

Securing A-level grades to get into university whilst holding down two jobs, training and playing with Everton three times a week alongside doing work experience one day a week in a primary school - it was a busy time!

Why did you choose to study your course?

I undertook work experience in a primary school and instantly loved the environment and the thought of teaching children so thought that Primary Education was a good course for me to do.

What are your future ambitions and aspirations?

To compete regularly for Everton Ladies and secure a job as a primary school teacher.

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

My dad as he has always encouraged and believed in me.

What advice would you give to a young athlete?

Enjoy the sport you do and then strive for your goals.

You can find out more about our sport scholarship scheme here.

Friday, 26th December 2014