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Women's football squad selected for World University Games 30/06/2017

A squad of 20 players from 14 universities has been selected to represent Team GBR at this year’s World University Games in Chinese Taipei, 19 – 30th August.

Held biennially in major cities across the globe, the World University Games (WUGS) sees athletes come together to compete across 22 sports with the Summer Universiade the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.

Following rigorous selection trials, the team including 15 English, three Welsh and two Scottish players, will travel to Hong Kong in early August for a holding camp before competing in Pool D of the thirteen team tournament against Russia and South Africa. 

Last time Team GBR entered a women’s football team was the 2013 Games in Kazan, where the team won the tournament after beating Mexico 6 – 2 in the gold medal match.

Known for being a breeding ground of future women’s football stars, the 2013 team included the likes of three current Lionesses - Chelsea Ladies’ Fran Kirby and Manchester City’s Izzy Christensen and Demi Stokes.

The 2017 edition of Team GBR’s women’s football team includes many emerging stars.

Goalkeeper Megan Walsh, who currently plays in the Women’s Super League (WSL) for Yeovil Town Ladies, won the Premier League Cup as a member of the Aston Villas Ladies in 2013. Walsh has also previously represented England at numerous junior and next generation level and was part of the recent England U23’s Lionesses who won the Nordic Cup. Walsh studies at University of Liverpool.

Fresh from winning the BUCS Football Championship Final earlier this year, Durham University defender Annabel Johnson also bring WSL experience as a current Durham WSL player and having previously played for Coventry City Ladies.

Amongst the midfielders is Middlesbrough Ladies’ & Northumbria University Emma Kelly. Having represented England since the age of 14, Kelly has captained England Women U15 and also played in a UEFA European Championships.

In the forward line-up, University of Edinburgh's Kirsty Howat has represented Scotland at a junior level and currently plays for Celtic Women FC in Scottish Women’s Premier League.

The women’s football team will join almost 10,000 participants from over 170 countries expected to compete at the Games – with the overall Great Britain delegation to reach over 160. 

To be eligible, athletes must also be studying towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute – or have finished study in the year preceding the Games.

The women’s football team set to compete at the World University Games in Taipei is as follows: 

Name

University

Home Nation

Position

 

 

 

 

Claire Skinner

University of South Wales

Wales

Goalkeeper

Megan Walsh

University of Liverpool

England

Goalkeeper

 

 

 

 

Ellie Dobson

Northumbria University

England

Defender

Gemma Evans

University of South Wales

Wales

Defender

Demi-lee Falconer

University of Stirling

Scotland

Defender

Annabel Johnson

Durham University

England

Defender

Shannon Sievwright

University of Chichester

England

Defender

Eloise Wilson

Buckinghamshire New University

England

Defender

 

 

 

 

Lily Agg

University of Brighton

England

Midfielder

Georgia Evans

University of Gloucestershire

Wales

Midfielder

Madelaine Hill

Northumbria University

England

Midfielder

Emma Kelly

Northumbria University

England

Midfielder

Rhema Lord-Mears

The University of Huddersfield

England

Midfielder

Katy Morris

University of Stirling

England

Midfielder

 

 

 

 

Chloe Dixon

University of Barnsley

England

Forward

Tyler Dodds

Northumbria University

England

Forward

Olivia Fergusson

University of the West of England

England

Forward

Kirsty Howat

University of Edinburgh

Scotland

Forward

Bethan Merrick

University College Birmingham

England

Forward

Lucy Quinn

University of Chichester

England

Forward

 

Coaching staff are as follows:

Lydia Bedford

Head Coach

Michelle Cook

Team Manager

Grant Scott

Assistant Coach

Tony O’Neill

Goalkeeping Coach

Lauren Smith

Technical Analyst

Corinne Yorston

Physical Performance Coach

About Team GBR and the World University Games

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), the national governing body for High Education (HE) sport, is responsible for delivering Great Britain representative teams in the worldwide international university sporting programme.

Over 100 athletes will represent the GB team in 12 sports including: archery, athletics, women’s football, golf, women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, men’s and women’s water polo and weightlifting.

Follow the team selections over the coming months, following the hashtags #WUGSGB and #TargetGREATNESS

For more information visit bucs.org.uk/taipei
 

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