Students Cheer on Football Heroine; COLLEGE COACH HOPES FOR EUROPEAN GLORY AGAINST GERMANY

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Students Cheer on Football Heroine; COLLEGE COACH HOPES FOR EUROPEAN GLORY AGAINST GERMANY


Byline: LINDA RICHARDS

See the goals from the match at: w w w. c h r o n i c l e l i v e. c o. u FOOTBALL players at a North college will be cheering on their coach tomorrow as she aims for more glory in the Three Lions shirt.

Gateshead College coach Jill Scott scored a dramatic extra time header against Holland earlier this week to secure England a place in the final of the Women's European Football Championships in Helsinki.

Jill came on as a substitute and headed into the Dutch goal with just four minutes to play in extra time.

The goal means England will now face Germany in the final tomorrow.

Jill, 22, from Sunderland, has a long association with Gateshead College. She completed a BTec National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science there in 2005 and in 2008 was appointed women's football coach.

After the dramatic win Jill said: "Playing for England is the ultimate; a tremendous honour. And to score the goal that put us in the final was a great feeling.

"I hope it's a great inspiration to students at the college. It wasn't that long ago that I was a student there."

Jill also played in the Women's World Cup in China in 2007 where her first international goal helped to secure a 6-1 win over Argentina.

The Women's Football Academy at Gateshead College has won more than five trophies in the past six years. It has two teams and more than 40 players and is the only women's academy in the North to be endorsed by the FA.

Alan Snowdon, head of sport at the college, said: "What a fantastic achievement for Jill. We are all very proud of her. …

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