Derby County Football Club Women

England Colleges Call-Up for Amelia Towers

This week saw the announcement of the England Colleges Women’s Squad for 2020/21 with Derby County Women’s U18s star Amelia Towers earning her place in the squad through her place at Loughborough College, having joined last September.

The defender who is studying Sport at Loughborough and has been at the Ewe Rams for 3 years, was initially selected by the college to attend trials in October along with five other students and made it through to the final stages in May, with Covid-19 delaying the process, but has come through to make the squad and is delighted at being selected to represent England.

Amelia said “Being told I had made the squad of 20 to represent England colleges all over the country, I am utterly delighted and over the moon and couldn’t wait to share the news with all my mates at Derby County Women FC.

“Playing for Derby Women this season, Coach Kiran (Savage) gave me the confidence and encouragement to make me realise I am not the biggest and strongest but what I lack in size I make up for in skill and can usually dribble around them.

“I watch every match possible on television and from a young child I have admired the England women’s football team and have devoted myself to football through commitment and dedication to one day hopefully playing with them.”

Though the season has been hampered by the Covid-19 Pandemic, Amelia has helped the U18s pick up where they left off towards the back end of 2020 and has had to adapt to the challenges faced in light of the disrupted season, as well as building her confidence and her own experiences against opponents.

“I had the first trial in October and made it through to the final stage which just recently took place on the 15th May as it had been delayed by Covid. I was apprehensive as my best friend hadn’t got through and in the past I have been told because of my size I am not strong enough.

“I got the chance to show this in the U20’s playing against bigger and more experienced women who often got frustrated when they could not catch me or reach down to my height.”

Academy Director Dave Cholerton believes the progress of Amelia is just rewards for her commitment and ability to learn and that she is a great example of what can be achieved both personally and developing with the Ewe Rams Academy.

Cholerton said “We are delighted with the accolade that Amelia has earned and we can’t wait for her to showcase her talent for England Colleges and we are so proud of her. She is an exciting talent and has grown in confidence over the last 12 months and her hard work has paid off.

“The next couple of seasons will hopefully be a stepping stone to 1st team football for her, and hopefully with us. She has a great set of teammates and coaches around her and we really want to help harness her talent at the club and she can be a great role model for others and what they can achieve.

“Our pathway at Derby County Women will hopefully see many more accolades at all levels of football and that’s what our philosophy is all about and developing people and players and we believe we can become a club who can have a high presence of Academy players making it through to our 1st Team in the future.”