12 Dec Amy Goddard’s Story
Amy Goddard is a Yeovil Town Ladies player, and she has shared her story with us. We asked Amy some questions, and here are her reply’s.
What is your home town and the places you’ve lived / played?
I was born in Chertsey surrey and lived in Sunbury until February 2005 with my family. We then moved to Wimborne Dorset with my mum and 4 brothers, my auntie and cousin and my grandparents who followed 6 months later. I lived in the countryside near the new forest and sandbanks. I loved growing up in Dorset because of the beautiful countryside that has a variety of walks where I could go with my dog and family. When I first moved down to Wimborne, I wanted to start playing football for the local team Corfe Mullen. I turned up to my first training session with U6 boys’ team where I was the only girl. The manager (Nigel Stevens) first said to my mum ‘I can come along to train, but I can’t promise any game time because I have my core players.’ I played my first game in a Dorset tournament and I played every game since then. Nigel gave me so much confidence as a player and recognised my work rate and determination to become a professional footballer which has always been my dream. When I was 9, I got scouted by Dorset centre of Excellence where I played for U10, U12 and 1 year of U14s. I loved playing for my county as I met so many talented players along the way. When I turned 13, Dorset centre of Excellence folded, and I was gutted because the team I was part of won every game we played that season.
I then trailed for Hampshire centre of Excellence and wasn’t successful that year. I trailed for the year above me as I was too old to play for the actual year I was born because I’m born in December. I knew I wasn’t ready and found a grass roots team Wimborne Town who I had one season with. We had most of the girls from the Dorset set up so we where such a strong team who won the league that season. I then got scouted by Hampshire centre of Excellence in a tournament later that season. I got a 2-year contract for Hampshire playing under Perry who believed a lot in me and continued to improve me as a player. From Hampshire I got recognition from England who scouted me in games I played for them. I played for Hampshire for 3 years till I was 16.
I moved out of home when I was 16 to peruse my career playing for Bristol city. I was part of the college team and development for 2 years till I went up the pathway training and being selected for the first team squad in 2016. It was hard at first living away from home because my family are so close, and it was difficult not seeing them every day like I used to. But at the end of the day you must sacrifice things to get where you want to get to in football but also in life. Throughout my time at Bristol it was such a great opportunity with amazing coaches who taught me so much and gave me so many opportunities in a professional environment training full time.
In September 2018 I transferred teams from Bristol City to Yeovil Town Ladies. So far it has been the best decision in my whole career. As the team and I have been training full time we have all connected as a squad and have improved massively from pre-season. One thing with Yeovil Town Ladies is that it has such a family feel about it and the support behind the scenes is incredible. I can’t thank all the staff enough for the opportunity I have been given this season to represent this team. The commitment and work rate will continue, and I will be learning and developing every game.
Which teams you have played for and what have been your roles / positions / achievements and awards?
When I started football, I was a Centre midfielder all the way through to the U17 of Hampshire centre of Excellence. When I moved to Bristol, they put me as a Centre back because of my height and ability in the air. I played centre back for 3 years. I was mainly a Centre back, but I was a part time Centre forward, ‘The big number 9’ everyone called me. I scored 12 goals in 2017/18 season which most of them where headers from a corner.
In 2016 when I was playing for Bristol City Development squad, we won the FA cup Development final beating Arsenal 4-0 at St George’s Park. It was such an incredible day and a day that I will never forget.
In the same year I represented England colleges national team going on tour to Portugal. I received my first International cap and was privileged to receive the Luke Buckinghamshire award for my performance and attitude on tour and the year I spent with the team. Last year I spent the second half of the season on loan at Villa from Bristol City.
What inspires you?
My family is my true inspiration. My family is very sporty and love football including my football fanatic dad and my 4 brothers. I couldn’t be where I am today without the support from my family who I have been dependent on till I was 18 years old. They have supported me through thick and thin even when I had a hard time moving out of home, they were with me every step of the way. I have an unconditional love towards every family member due to everything they have done for me.
Is there an event in your life that has set you back or pushed you forward?
I have had many highs and lows throughout my career in football. When I first moved out of home, I had a difficult time moving in with another family in Bristol. This was hard for me as when I moved in with another family, I wasn’t happy where I was living and therefore made me miss my home even more. My house is a very busy house with a lot going on and to go from that to a completely opposite household it was so difficult to get used to. During this time, I also found out that my Grandad got diagnosed with Stomach cancer. This knocked me down as I have a very close bond with my grandparents and I had a lot going on at that time. I managed to cope through that time because of the support from all my family.
A few months ago, I found out that my Dad has a leaking valve in his heart which is very serious. I found it difficult to cope with at the start and to talk about it to close friends as I’m very emotional about the whole situation. This is currently a hard situation of mine and I don’t speak about this often as it is still in the back of my mind. He is due to have the operation before Christmas this year.
My dad and I have a very strong bond that has been there ever since I was young. He wasn’t around the family house during the week but would come down to Dorset at the weekends until my mum and dad had a divorce. This did knock me a little bit as I’m very close to both my parents. My mum is the strongest women anyone could meet, and she would go anything for her kids. My mum and I have an unbreakable connection that will last forever and appreciate everything she has done for me over the years and I wouldn’t be here today without her.
What are your hobbies/favourite things to do when you’re having a break from football?
My main hobby outside of football is socialising with my friends. I love shopping as well spending all my parent’s money.
When I’m not playing football, I do like to chill and relax as when there’s football going on its very intense and hard work so when I have time off in normally in chill mode. I also love watching movies and baking.
Are you involved with any charities?
I’ve been involved with cancer research where I’ve done many races and long-distance events to raise money. As Cancer has affected my family the charity is close to my heart and I will continue to support the charity.
What are your goals and aspirations for the future?
Ever since I started playing football, I have always aspired to be a Professional footballer. My main goal is to carry on and keep improving to become the best I can be and to reach my potential in football.
I am currently studying a criminology degree at University of West England in Bristol. My aspiration is to become a police officer after my football career is over. Think it will be an awesome job to get into and gain experience with the police.
Thank you Amy for taking the time to talk to us, good luck with everything.
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