Year 10 student Alice Habermehl is going from strength to strength with her footballing achievements. She has recently been selected as one of two goalkeepers for Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) U16 team as well as for the U16 Arsenal Player Development Programme.
Alice started playing football with her older brother in their garden before joining the BMS girls’ football club in Year 9. Whilst at a BMS football tournament, Nigel Mitchell, the manager of Bedford Ladies and Girls Football Club U14s, spotted Alice and invited her to join the team.
Most recently, Alice has been selected for the ISFA U16 team. The ISFA develop and promote football in the independent education sector and hold competitions to give students the opportunity to play at the highest level possible.
Over the summer, Alice successfully tried out for the U16 Arsenal Player Development Programme and she is now coached by former professional goalkeeper Rich Lee, who mentors her and offers specialist goalkeeping coaching. In October she will be coached by Miguel Miranda, another former professional goalkeeper, on a four day training camp at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
Alice said: “Being a professional football player is my dream job. I’m very excited to have been offered a place on the ISFA U16 team and to be training with the Arsenal Player Development Programme, I’m really looking forward to everything in the future.”
Rebecca Woodgate, Head of Girls’ Sport, added: “It was really exciting to hear that Alice has been selected for the ISFA U16 National Football Squad. It goes to show that hard work, dedication and passion really do pay off. I would like to wish Alice every success with ISFA and Arsenal and look forward to hearing more about the exciting journey she is embarking on.”