International accolade for Park Academy football star
Date: 26/04/2012. Story submitted by: CarolineMc
Submitted by: CarolineMc
A pupil at Park Academy is set for worldwide football fame as she becomes the only girl in Yorkshire to be presented with an official international cap.
Sheldon Ashton, 14, made it in to football history books last weekend when she became one of the first girls ever in English School’s Football Association’s (ESFA) records to be presented with the international cap honour.
Since the age of six, Sheldon who with lives with mum Caron and dad Mark, has known football was her life and now eats, sleeps and breathes the popular sport.
Starting out in the school team at Wybourn Primary, Sheldon was scouted by the Sheffield United Centre of Excellence and has never looked back.
The Sheffield United season ticket holder has a busy week of fitness which includes four hours training, Saturday matches and personal fitness training every night of the week.
Mum Caron, who cheers from the sidelines every match, said: “We are absolutely over the moon, being awarded this cap is such a testament for all the hard work she has put in over the years. It’s great for her to finally be recognised.”
Sheldon is one of only 18 girls in England to have the official cap and has already played matches for English Schoolgirls under 15s national team in Dublin and Scotland.
Caron added: “A lot of this is down to help from Park Academy and we owe them a lot of thanks for that.”
With only one year left at school Sheldon is already dreaming of gaining a scholarship to play in America, where mum and dad will be sure to follow.
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