A HARTLEPOOL college student says helping England Women’s U17s reach the semi-finals of the European Championships is the “best feeling ever”.
Midfielder Brogan McHugh was selected to play in England’s final group stage match against Portugal on Monday night – which they comfortably won 6-1.
The 16-year-old is now expected to line-up against Spain in the semi-finals on Thursday night, at Burton Albion FC’s Pirelli Stadium.
The promising footballer studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, while she also plays for Sunderland Ladies.
Brogan is part of the Lindsay Johnson Football Academy for girls and elite athlete scholarship scheme at the College and receives financial support, elite athlete mentoring and strength and conditioning support as well as eight hours of coaching per week, while studying towards a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.
Brogan said: “Being selected for the Euros was an honour and I couldn’t wait to meet up with the squad.
“To be part of such a big campaign is the best feeling ever.
“The Lindsay Johnson Academy has helped me through the England process since starting the college in September.
“They has focused particularly on developing the psychological aspect of my game as this is what I need in order to keep progressing.”
Becky Robinson, coach at the College’s academy, said: “We are really proud of Brogan.
“She is such a dedicated athlete and it’s great that her hard work has been rewarded.
“Brogan travels from Spennymoor every day to study at our College as well as being part of the Lindsay Johnson Football academy which shows how committed she is.
“All her team mates are delighted for Brogan and are hoping to support her at the game on Thursday.”
Lois Fidler’s young side England take on Spain in the semi-final of the UEFA Women’s U17 Euros at 7pm on Thursday.
Spain topped the other group, beating France (4-2) and Germany (4-0) either side of a 0-0 draw with Scotland.
The other semi-final sees the Germans take on Italy at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, the same venue for Sunday’s final.
The top three teams at the Euros – the two finalists and the winner of the third/fourth place play-off – will qualify for next year’s U17 World Cup in Costa Rica.
Spain beat England 2-0 in a UEFA development tournament in April.