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  My Diary: Footballer
Updated 12 September 2002, 19.02
England under 17 footballer Nicole
Hi everyone, my name's Nicole, I'm 16 and I'm a footballer.

I play for Arsenal and England under 17s. I've just started at Loughborough University on a three-year national football scholarship.

This is my diary.

28 August
The first day at Loughborough was a bit nerve-wracking, I didn't know anybody.

There's a bell at 7.05am - and there's only one shower working for 16 of us!

At tea we have to stand and wait for everyone and then say Grace.

But I'm getting used to the rules now.

1 Sept
My first match with Arsenal reserves was against Ipswich at Potter's Bar. We won 7-1!

It was the first time the team had played together. I missed an open goal - we should have scored a lot more, at least 10 goals.

It was my first sporting event for five weeks so it took a bit of getting into.

8 September
Our second match was away to Portsmouth and we won 5-1.

I scored this time - my first goal for the Arsenal reserves - and it felt good, I'd wanted to show what I was capable of.

I picked up the ball on the halfway line, went round two players and chipped it on to the forward.

She held it up on the goal line and I continued my run, she laid it back to me and I blasted it into the far corner of the net!

It was a long day, I was up at 8am and didn't get home til 9.30pm and then I had to finish off some homework.

11 September
We didn't hold minute of silence at the school, but some teachers did in individual lessons.

My favourite lesson is anatomy because I'd like to be a sports physio.

Everyday we have one lesson of sports study, two recreation lessons and two free periods.

But the free periods come to an end next week when football training starts.


Find out how Nicole's football training goes in next month's diary.

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