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BARTON EAGER TO INSPIRE YOUNGER FOOTBALLERS

20 May 2017

The midfielder is looking forward to playing at the Amex.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Kirsty Barton is relishing the prospect of playing at the Amex in Sunday’s FA WSL Spring Series match v Sheffield Ladies, and hopes to inspire a new generation of female footballers.

The 24-year-old encouraged Albion fans of all ages to turn up and watch a keenly-contested game, against a Sheffield side that are relative newcomers to the Women's Super League themselves.

She said, “I am really looking forward to it now, especially as it’s a game at the Amex and it will be a great opportunity for all the girls.

“It’s a nice reward for us getting promoted last year, and hopefully when the Women’s Super League proper season starts, we’ll be able to get some more games at the Amex.

“Sheffield are a really strong team that got promoted the year before us, and it should be a really competitive game for people to watch.

“I am sure some of fans that come along will be young girls that have goals to play football too when they are bit older. Hopefully they can watch the game and be inspired to develop careers in the game.”

Barton admits that the FA WSL Spring Series has been a learning curve for the whole squad, but feels there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic going into the proper FA WSL 2 season this September.

“This season has had a very different feeling compared to the last one. There were a few new faces and a lot of youngsters came into the side, but it has definitely been a positive experience.

“We’ve been holding our own in games, which is a positive, and hopefully we can now kick on for the season ahead knowing what to expect from teams.

“Our next goal is to get to WSL 1, but obviously WSL 2 is a very strong league and it will be tough to compete in this league.

“It’s definitely something that we’re capable of and hopefully in a few years’ time we can get there.” 

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