Katie relishing US opportunity

Katie Bailey has earned a scholarship at a college in Kentucky (P5977A131
Katie Bailey has earned a scholarship at a college in Kentucky (P5977A131

TEENAGE Pontefract footballer Katie Bailey is aiming to further her career in the USA after earning a scholarship with a top American college.

Katie, 18, of Hardcastle Avenue, flies to the States next week to begin studies at Midway College, Kentucky where she has been granted a four-year scholarship on a sports and business management course.

Goalkeeper Katie is excited that part of her course will allow her to play football in the country where ladies soccer is at its strongest in the world.

She said: “I applied to a few colleges, but when I got the call from Midway to say they would grant me a full scholarship I jumped at the chance,.

“I’ll be doing a sports and business management course and playing football pretty much every day, which is a dream for me.

“I’ve always wanted to be a footballer, especially in America where the ladies game is a lot bigger than over here.

“Hopefully I’d like to go on to play professionally, but if that doesn’t happen I could get a job coaching over there.

“I can’t wait to fly over and get settled in. It’s a great opportunity and all accommodation is included in the scholarship.”

Katie is a former King’s High School pupil, who also attended Huddersfield New College and Balby Carr Sports College, Doncaster, where she completed a BTEC Sport National Diploma alongside playing for its successful football academy.

She started out with Pontefract Sports & Social juniors and showed her ability from a young age by regularly playing in the year group above her own before going on to the Leeds United Ladies Centre of Excellence and then playing for Yorkshire’s most successful ladies team, Doncaster Belles.

Representative honours have followed for the West Yorkshire Schools side and the English Colleges Football Association team.