Megan chosen for national football squad

SPORTING STAR: Parkside Community School pupil Megan Tinsley.
SPORTING STAR: Parkside Community School pupil Megan Tinsley.
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A CHESTERFIELD schoolgirl has been selected to play for England for a second time.

Parkside Community School pupil Megan Tinsley has been picked to play for the England Ladies Under 15s, after previously playing for the team against Norway last year.

Megan was diagnosed at the age of two with a hole in her heart and later underwent a successful operation aged just five.

The 14-year-old became involved in football through a school club and was spotted by the Hanley Boys club who she played for in the Under 8s and Under 11s teams, winning a number of cups. Aged 11 she switched to a girls’ team and successfully signed to the Sheffield United Girls Centre of Excellence (SUGCOE) Academy.

SUGCOE technical director Tony Morton said: “This is great honour for SUGCOE and the South Yorkshire Schools FA, as well as a reward for the dedication and hard work shown by Megan, Sheldon and the coaches who have worked with them. I’m sure both girls will be an asset to the England teams.”

SUGCOE centre manager Helen Mitchell added: “A number of girls from SUGCOE have been selected to represent national teams over the past couple of years, and others have progressed into clubs at the highest level of the women’s game in this country. This is a process we are completely dedicated to - ensuring players at the Centre are equipped to achieve the highest standards possible in the future.”