Date: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Berry has secured the chance to play football for her country after securing sponsorship from Taylor Wimpey Bristol.
Caitlin, from Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, has been selected to play for the England Colleges’ Women’s under-19s team on a football tour in Estonia, where she will compete against the national under-19 and under-21 squad and the Latvian under-21s.
She’ll be playing at the 10,000-capacity Le Coq Arena in Tallinn and will get to take part in two training sessions with Estonia’s national teams and coaches.
Caitlin, who is working towards a Level 3 extended diploma in sport and exercise science at Bridgwater College, says: “Having played football since the age of eight, it’s a great honour to be picked to represent my country with England Colleges’ Women’s under 19s team.
“I recently enjoyed my international debut with a 6-1 win over Wales in the first leg of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 21st February. I’m looking forward to the second leg and games against Canada, and to the tour with games against Estonia and Latvia, as well as the opportunity to train with European coaches and to understand the different ways they train on the continent.
“I am very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for assisting me with the sponsorship to help pay for the trip to Estonia.”
Caitlin started playing football with her local side the Burnbridge Wanderers and went on to play for Somerset Football Association Centre of Excellence and Bridgwater College.
Caitlin’s former Burnbridge Wanderers coach Mark Woods says: “Having coached Caitlin from the age of eight, it was apparent that she was a very talented footballer, more than holding her own in our squad of some 24 boys – and Caitlin.
“She became one of the first names on the team sheet every week and gave many an opposing defender the run around, taunting them with her skill and pace. It’s no surprise to me that Caitlin has moved on to the highest standard of representing her country.”
We sponsored Caitlin £250 to cover the cost of her trip.
Charlie Joseph, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We’re delighted to lend Caitlin our support ahead of her football tour to Estonia, where she’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of Europe’s top coaches.
“This will be an incredible opportunity for her to hone her football skills and we hope she has the time of her life.”