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Millie Maguire, an Upper Fifth pupil in Haslewood House, has been selected to attend the England U18 squad development camp of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) this August. This follows a girls’ U18 representative football tournament at Harrow School last week, where she represented south-east England.
These performances are a huge achievement, especially given that Millie is still only 16 years old. ‘It is a very impressive feat indeed,’ said Aileen Schroder, the ISFA Girls Development Committee and Coach. ‘Millie has been selected after a process where over 100 girls were involved at the outset. There will be about 30 girls invited to the development camp in August and a smaller squad of 20 will then be selected for camps and fixtures in October, December and January. This the same process in which another St John’s pupil, Jess Reddy, was involved earlier this year.’
Millie started playing football for Walton Warriors at the age of 4 and left them at the age of 13 to join a girls’ team called Beecholme Belles. She took part in the Surrey cup final against QPR and the league cup final against Crystal Palace. Her team lost to both, though only on penalties. Millie then left the Belles when she joined St John’s School at the age of 15, where she helped to set up a girls’ football team, mostly made up of Upper Sixth pupils. They took part in many girls’ tournaments. At one such event there were scouts present choosing girls for trials for the South-East Representative U18 team.
Millie was chosen and successfully underwent trials at Hampton School. After being picked to represent St John's in the U18 team, she played in a regional tournament at Harrow School on Sunday 16 March against teams from Scotland, the Midlands, the south-west and other regional teams. The south-east battled hard: not only did they win every single match they played, but they never conceded one goal! She went home with a trophy for the team and individual medals.
Since this match, Millie has been selected for the ISFA U18 England squad. She says, “I am lucky enough to have this opportunity and I am so grateful. Football is one of my main passions, as I have been playing it for many years now. The past year I was off owing to injury and I really missed playing, so it was very frustrating. Now I'm getting back into it again. I am thoroughly myself and I can't wait for the camp!”
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