With over 16 years' experience of football and now nearing 50 international caps playing for Northern Ireland, Northumberland College's Football Academy lecturer, Sarah McFadden, proves to be the perfect role model for all aspiring players.
The football star and college lecturer has been called up again to play on the Northern Ireland squad in their current European Championship Qualifiers for the EURO 2017 qualifiers.
The team has so far faced Italy away and are due to play Georgia at home and then Czech Republic away this month.
Sarah, who has been a lecturer at Northumberland College since the College launched its Academy in September 2015, currently plays for Durham City in the Super-league and trains at least three times a week as part of a strict training programme for Northern Ireland.
Sarah said: "Football is my passion and I love playing here in the North East as well as representing Northern Ireland.
Being able to coach in the College's Football Academy and share my skills and experience with the students is great."
Modules within the Football Academy include sports coaching, placements, physiology, anatomy, health and safety and fitness.
Students also get the chance to play for the Northumberland College Football team who recently made it down to the last four of the National Men's Knockout Cup, ahead of all other North East teams.
The Academy will continue to grow, with second and third exams being established next term.
Simon Chalk, Academy Head of Sport at Northumberland College said: "Our Football Academy has been created to lead our students to careers such as semi-professional players, football coach, football development officer or facility manager.
Our students have the use of two dedicated football pitches and changing facilities, use of Hirst Welfare all-weather pitch and Ashington Football Club.
Having a professional like Sarah as a mentor and tutor to our students is fantastic. Myself, the students and all the staff at Northumberland College wish Sarah the best of luck."
To find out more about Northumberland College's Football Academy please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk.
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