We spoke with Phea Thorp, captain and striker with Trailblazers 71, who provide football pathways for women and girls across the New Forest, through coaching, mentoring and recreational opportunities.
SK: Tell us a little of your footballing history and any personal high points?
PT: I just used to play when a youngster every Saturday with local teams and have always liked following and playing football throughout.
SK: How had your team’s season been going before lockdown?
PT: Really well, we are a fairly new team so have been competing in find-your-feet local competitions and have thoroughly enjoyed them, even though they have been knackering and I can’t wait for the next one.
SK: Who did you do against any local rivals in 2019-20?
PT: We haven’t really played any local rivals this year, with the weather at the start of the year it put a stop to games for many weeks, but looking forward to playing again soon and winning more games.
SK: Any rising star, club veteran or stand-out personality we should know about?
PT: Sue Smith, she started with us a few months ago having never played football before. We always encourage people to come along whether they have played before or not. She has improved massively and has a great attitude every week towards learning.
SK: How are you trying to keep fit and fill the void in football?
PT: We have a Whatsapp group going where we have daily get-to-know-each-other questions and challenges. We are all trying our hand at different exercises trying to keep fit. I personally have got back into cycling after many years of not having cycled and enjoying every minute of it.