England international launches Football Academy for young women

A former City of Liverpool College sports student who's gone on to have a successful career in women's football, is set to launch the 'NP17' football academy to offer better chances to young women from deprived areas of Liverpool.

Manchester City star and England women's international footballer, Nikita Parris, will return to her former place of learning in September when she welcome students onto a full-time Sports Development foundation degree at The City of Liverpool College.

Nikita, who grew up in Toxteth and graduated last week from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Sport Development, said: "I love the area I'm from, it's fantastic. I've always wanted to give something back and work with young people, especially from similar areas to the one I grew up in.

"If we find someone with real talent we'll guide them in the right direction but what's really important to me is developing the person as well as the player. I want these young women to understand that a whole new world of opportunities can open up to them through education.

"It won't to be easy but as long as they put in the work we'll give them all the support they need to succeed."

The first intake aged 17-19 will start the course in September, which was created to provides young women with a stepping-stone into further and higher education as well as a pathway into professional football.


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18 July 2018

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