Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get on the Ball ( Send in Your Entries

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get on the Ball ( Send in Your Entries

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Byline: By Nicola Juncar

A talented female footballer is backing the Chronicle's call for readers to send in their nominations for our Young Achiever Awards.

Jill Scott, from Sunderland, was called up for England's senior women's team one month after winning the sports category at our annual ceremony.

The 19-year-old is now urging readers to nominate a young person, between 14 and 25, for this year's event.

The awards are now in their sixth year. Their aim is to celebrate the hard work and determination of young people, whether in academic achievement or overcoming adversity.

Jill started out at Boldon Girls' FC and progressed to Sunderland Ladies, then to England Juniors.

She was nominated for the award by football coach and development manager Melanie Reay, who said: "Jill has had to work really hard at college to complete work as her football career does take a lot of her time up, especially when she achieves international call-ups. She is a credit to herself for her achievements on and off the pitch."

Jill said: "The win last year really spurred me on and I'm having a great time playing for England. I think nominations will really encourage others.

"I've been playing football for years. It was a great honour to be selected to play with the senior team. It's taken a lot of hard work and it's great that the Chronicle's awards recognise young people for their achievements."

We are asking readers to nominate a courageous or bright young person they feel has made a great achievement in school, college, university or in the community. The winners and runners-up will then be invited to a glittering ceremony at St James' Park in December.

Our principal sponsor is Aspire and the awards are also supported by a range of North East firms and local authorities. …

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