A member of the club's Girls Centre of Excellence has been placed on standby for the England U17 squad

Megan Maslak, a member of our Girls Centre of Excellence, has been put on standby for the England U17’s team who will be meeting up for a training camp this weekend.

Megan recently attended a Talent ID camp held at St George’s Park run by The FA. The idea of the camp was to look at players who have not previously been identified for Elite Performance Camps or involved in England squads.

As this was Megan’s first season at a Centre of Excellence she hasn’t had the opportunity to be selected for International duties previously, so this was a great opportunity for her.

Over the two days the girls were coached and watched by England representatives and Megan thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  

Megan said: "It was a really good experience for me, to test myself against high level players. I learnt a lot, from 1v1 defending to 1v1 attacking. I also learnt some useful injury prevention techniques, for example an ACL warm-up. I also received individual feedback to develop my game further."

At the end of the camp the girls’ performances are reviewed and assessed by the coaches and scouts in attendance with a few girls being put forward to the full squad standby list.

The U17’s team is made up of girls who, for the majority, were identified at U13 level and have been attending Elite Performance Camps on a regular basis since then, so it’s a great achievement for Megan to have made it on to the standby list.

Centre Manager, Henry Willard added: “The vast majority of the girls in the U17’s squad are established internationals with an abundance of caps and call-up’s already to their name.

“Megan came into our U17’s Centre of Excellence squad last summer after successfully trialing along with dozens and dozens of other girls, and since coming into the set-up at the start of the season, she has done superbly well to now be recognized internationally and on the periphery of the full squad, having not been capped before.”

Congratulations to Megan and we wish her well.