SHE KICKS BACK: Emma Parker (Cramlington United)

Encouraged by a footballing Aunty, she took up the game herself and has recently helped Northumberland-based Cramlington United into their first ever cup final.

1 Name: Emma Parker

2 Age (DOB): 17 (24/12/1998)

3. Team: Cramlington United Ladies

4 Position (and have you always played there)? Centre back, in my previous team I played in midfield and upfront.

5 Team Supporter / Fave player? I support Newcastle United and my favourite player is Alan Shearer

6. Occupation / or what are you studying? I’m currently studying Business studies, English Language and Health and Social Care at A Level.

7 Are there other footballers in your family? My Aunty played for Whitley Bay and now currently plays for Rutherford.

8 Favourite game played in by you (and why)? The semi-final against Whitley Bay because I knew it was going to be a tough game and I felt like each and every one of us put 110% into the game.

9 Your best attribute as a player? I‘m never afraid to go in for the ball and I encourage my other team mates.

10 What are your ambitions in football? To keep playing and to stay part of a team.

11 Who has been the biggest influence in your footballing career? My Aunty as she has played football since a very young age. I used to go watch her play and this gave me the inspiration to look for a team for my self

12 What is the best thing about playing for your team? They are a great bunch of lasses and they made me feel welcome from day one!

13 If you got to design your team’s kit, what would it look like? The main two colours would be baby pink and dark grey, as this would stand out from other teams.

14 Do you listen to music to get you motivated, or while you train – if so, what tracks? I listen to music to get me motivated and I mostly listen to upbeat songs. My favourite tracks at the moment are Stay by Kygo (remix) and Fast Car by Jonas Blue ft Dakota

15 Who, that plays for your team, should we know more about and why? Emma Graham as she is always 100% committed every game we play and always encourages our team mates. She is also a great goal scorer.

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