27th March 2000

 

OVERSEAS IMPORTS GIVE FOOTBALL GIRLS

AN EXOTIC FLAVOUR

 

The influx of foreign stars into the English Premiership has reached such a pitch that last week Chelsea were able to field a team in a European cup tie without a single Englishman.

 

But the influence of overseas footballers is not confined to the top echelons of football in this country. Two-thirds of the women’s team at the Hull campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside are Scandinavian, and the team’s captain is impressed with the skills of her foreign imports.

 

“Women who play football in England are still in a minority,” said Helen Kilduff, a third-year student of Finance and Marketing who runs the team at the Cottingham Road campus.

 

“There aren’t many girls at the university interested in playing football, so each week we have trouble getting a team together. But the Scandinavians are definitely more interested than most, which is good for the future of the team.”

 

The team boasts eight imports from Sweden, Finland and Germany, all of whom study at the university. As well as playing friendly matches against university opposition the women have played four BUSA (British Universities Sports Association) fixtures this year and are already looking forward to next season’s campaign.

 

“Having a lot of foreign players is an advantage because quite a lot of them have played abroad and as a result their skill levels are high,” Helen explained.

 

“We don’t experience any language problems - in fact, sometimes it can work in our favour, because the opposition get annoyed when they hear our girls communicating in a foreign language and they can’t understand what they’re saying!”

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

 

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Women’s Football

 

Captions

 

 

Team photo [1]

 

Front row, left to right: Elin Ask (Sweden), Rowan Gorter, Vicki Farmery, Andrea Kornhoff (Germany), Lina Koch (Sweden), Sara Carlzon (Sweden), Kevin McKenna (coach)

 

Back row, left to right: Anna Hansson (Sweden), Sanna Fagerstrom (Finland), Helen Kilduff (captain), Barbara Sikorska (Sweden), Natalie Durrant, Heidi Hietanen (Finland)

Foreign stars photo [2]

 

Left to right: Sanna Fagerstrom (Finland), Anna Hansson (Sweden), Elin Ask (Sweden), Andrea Kornhoff (Germany), Barbara Sikorska (Sweden), Lina Koch (Sweden), Sara Carlzon (Sweden), Heidi Hietanen (Finland)

Domestic stars photo [3]

 

Left to right: Vicki Farmery, Helen Kilduff, Rowan Gorter, Natalie Durrant

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk