England goalkeeper is new sports ambassador in Burnley
ENGLAND goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has praised the progress made by women’s football in England after she was appointed to a new role at Burnley’s UCFB College of Football Business.
The Everton Ladies number one moved to America as an 18-year-old to forge a career as she felt there was an ‘indifferent attitude’ by the media and those involved in the sport towards women’s football in the UK.
Now the 33-year-old is back in her home town and has taken up a role as sports industry liaison officer at the Turf Moor-based college.
She will act as an ambassador and executive speaker for the college, mentoring students and helping them find work placements in professional football.
Rachel said: “I want to dispel the myths surrounding women’s football and want to inspire young women in football. I didn’t have a female sports idol when I was growing up but I hope that I can act as a role model.”
She added: “When I was growing up, women’s football wasn’t in the media, there were no centres of excellence, no interest in the international youth teams — I didn’t even know there was an England women’s team until I was 15.
“When I went to America, where women footballers are household names, I got the impression that their general attitude towards the game was much better.”
Now, after 80 England caps and a substitute appearance at the London 2012 Olympic Games with Team GB, she admitted that the women’s game was ‘totally different’.
She said: “There used to be myths that women couldn’t play football, that we should be in the kitchen. Women can do whatever they want.
“Our football, hockey, rugby and cricket teams are very successful. The media has sat up and taken notice, the finance from the FA has increased and it’s taken seriously now.”
Rachel, a former pupil at St Christopher’s High School in Accrington and Nelson and Colne College, will work three days a week with the youngsters at Turf Moor.
She said: “The people of Burnley have always been supportive in absolutely everything I have done.
“I have a really close affinity with the area and always will. It means so much to me to be back working here.”
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