Sofia joins the Millwall Lionesses

Year 13 girl forges ahead in her football career

Date published: Fri 3 May 2019   Author: HLH   Category: Publicity   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Sofia joins the Millwall Lionesses

TBSHS Sixth former, Sofia Stovold has been selected to play with the Millwall Lionesses following a call up from the Millwall Lionesses Development squad.

Sofia, who started playing football recreationally when she was in Year 1, has joined the WSL2, the Football Association Women's Championship’s second-highest division of women's football in England. The division was established in 2014 as FA Women's Super League 2, before being renamed in 2018.

Sofia started playing in the Bishop’s Stortford girls’ league and went on to play with Essex Football club in Year 9. She spent two years playing with Arsenal’s U15 and the following year in the U16 squad she went on to win the International Dallas Girls Cup in Texas; making history of the first English team to win the cup before she moved to Millwall Lionesses following trials.

Sofia is studying A Levels in Economics, Psychology, PE and Core Maths and plans to study Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy if she does not get a suitable offer later this year after finishing A Level and trials.

Sofia says ”Playing football makes me very happy. I like the structure, order and pushing myself to do better. It’s great for my mental health and relieves stress.”

Sofia has met several of the England ladies team players – Kelly Smith, Alex Scott, Kim Little to name a few and thinks the ladies game is better than the men’s. “Women are there because they want to be there, they don’t get paid as much so there is more passion behind each game, but neither do they roll around on the floor or show off.”

Sofia has a pretty intensive training schedule: she has gym sessions on Mondays, training Wednesday and Friday evenings all at Dartford. Sunday is Games day which leaves Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for homework and private study.

Peter Harris Subject Leader for Physical Education said, “It’s a fantastic achievement for Sofia to progress through the youth ranks and into the senior team especially with the workload of A levels. She has worked hard over the past 18 months as had quite a bit of time out of the game due to injuries, which is further testament to her resilience and determination to be the best player she can be”