Bucks New University helps football star Ellie represent Great Britain

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Date: 10th Aug 2017

Student and footballer Ellie Wilson has told British Universities & Colleges Sport about how Bucks New University has helped her shoot for her goals.Picture of Ellie Wilson

“The University been so good at balancing when I’ve got training, when I can and can’t make it,” said the 20-year-old who will be representing Great Britain this month.

Ellie, who studies BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, is one of almost 10,000 participants from more than 170 countries due to compete at the World University Games, which will be held in Chinese Taipei from 19-30 August. She will be joined by goalkeeper Chloe Sansom, who studies BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching at Bucks New University.

“I started football when I was around eight or nine years old, just at after-school club, and I ended up being scouted for Reading,” said Ellie, who now plays full-back for Bristol City Women in the FA Women’s Super League 1.

Since then Ellie has played for Middlesex Centre of Excellence and in 2015 moved to Bristol City FC. She is pleased that Women’s football is continuing to grow.

“I can remember when I was 13 or 14 watching Reading Women’s first team, there may have only been 30-odd people watching in the crowd,” she said.

“Now you are getting thousands and the numbers have grown so much. Even since I’ve started playing first team football, and with Bristol getting promotion last year, you can just see it is developing so much, and to get the opportunity to represent Great Britain like this and to play on a stage like this, it’s even better.”

The Team GBR women's football team will start their World University Games campaign on Friday 18 August, with their first pool match against South Africa.

Team GBR is preparing to send its largest delegation to the World University Games since 2011, with more than 110 athletes set to compete across 11 sports.

For the full interview with Ellie visit bucs.org.uk.

Chloe, who enters her third year at Bucks New University next year, told us she was also relishing a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'.

She said: "This is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am grateful to have the chance to be a part of.

"Very rarely you'll come across an individual who can say they have represented Great Britain at a worldwide event and to be given that chance is amazing.

"It's an absolute honour to be selected for the squad and to be in and around a group of girls of such a high standard is incredible and a moment that will stay with me for a lifetime.

"It's slightly different to being away on international duty like normal because we're going to be in and around a variety of sports on a daily basis but for me, that's going to add to the whole experience and I can't wait to get started. Hopefully after all the hard work, we can follow on from previous years and the likes of previous Bucks student, Fran Kirby, and bring home a gold medal."

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