Elite Sport Student in Profile

From Swansea to the Manchester United Girl’s Academy, we caught up with Sport Science student Olivia Francis about her season so far.

The former Penyrheol Comprehensive School pupil enrolled with us last summer, after rigorous trials to break into United’s Academy.

“I was a bit overwhelmed (when I found out I got into the academy). It was a massive opportunity, and one you can't turn down.
“My family and friends really supported me moving up here. I do miss them but I'm lucky that they come up and watch my games. I'm also really lucky to live with a lovely family - it's like a home away from home,” she says.

Managing both her first year of Level 3 studies and a passion for the pitch, Olivia and her team are hoping to move up from their current position in second to win the league.

“It's looking promising, so fingers crossed. It’s a great environment to be in. Back home I've never been used to those sort of team successes. It's just on another level,” says the 18-year-old.

This season, Olivia, who can play anywhere across the front three, has also been called up to captain the Under 19s Wales national team, who will be setting off to Moldova on 1 April to play in the second round of Euro qualifiers.

Pushing for a career in professional football, Olivia shares her tips to relieve pressure during the season.

“Not everything has to be 100% perfect all the time. That's not life. Everyone has ups and downs. It is all about these experiences and learning from them.
“Sometimes I need to take a moment to relax, and maybe count to 10. It’s important to realise the position I’m in and how lucky I am. I try to keep grounded and keep working towards those new opportunities,” she says.

We wish Olivia and her team all the success for the rest of the season!

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