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My first team

Sheffield Wednesday gave Amy Turner a new passion for football

Amy Turner says joining her first girls’ football team gave her a new lease of life.

The now-26-year-old was playing for her primary school team when the opportunity came up to join Sheffield Wednesday’s first-ever all-girls’ side.

And it set her on the road to FA WSL and England stardom, and allowed her to make some lifelong friends.

Amy explained: “When I played at school I was the only girl in the team. In fact, I was the only girl in the whole league.

“Playing for Wednesday U10s was a whole new experience for me. It sounds stupid to say it because it is the same sport, but everything about the game was so different.

“I went from being the smallest and weakest in the boys’ team to being the quickest and strongest among the girls.”

She continued: “It gave me a new lease of life. Before I joined Wednesday I was playing with the lads and I wasn’t particularly enjoying it.

“I got a new passion for football at Wednesday, especially as it allowed me to make a new set of friends.

“Some of us went up through the age groups together. I’ve known them girls for the best part of 10 years. We still keep in touch now and that’s really special.”

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