Soccer ace Jade heads for USA

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TALENTED Pontefract footballer Jade Pennock (pictured) is hoping for big things in the USA when continuing her football and academic career in America this month.

Jade, 18, of Windsor Rise, has already met with success over here, having risen through the ranks to play in the Leeds United Ladies first team last season, but will now be looking to make an impact with her new team when beginning her academic and playing career with Montevello University, in Alabama.

She will be playing alongside top international players and it is a great opportunity for the Ponte youngster to make a name for herself in the country where ladies football is at its strongest.

Midfielder Jade started playing football at the age of just five and quickly rose through the ranks, playing for Castleford White Rose from seven years old and picking up numerous awards, including players’ player, manager’s player, club player and top scorer.

In one season Jade managed to bag an incredible 96 goals before she was snapped up by Leeds United Ladies at ten then onto their Centre of Excellence where she won league and cup titles four seasons in a row.

Selection for the West Yorkshire Schools team followed and more success with victory in the All England Cup.

Jade was then picked for United’s reserve side in open age and was manager’s player of the year in her first season before going into the first team where she represented the club at the top level of English ladies football.

With an England youth cap also to her name, Jade has a big career ahead of her and is delighted by being given the opportunity to fulfil her dream by playing in the USA.