On Tuesday 15th May our school played host to Chloe Jones a former student at Pool Hayes. Chloe is best known as Captain of Aston Villa ladies football team and came into school to talk about her career since leaving school. Chloe told students that as well as playing for Aston Villa Ladies FC, she has also played for Åland United (Finland), Liverpool Ladies (FA WSL), Leicester City Women, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra.
Whilst Chloe has always enjoyed playing football she made sure that she had a Plan B and this was to go to university and carve out a career teaching sport. Chloe told students that there are a wide variety of careers connected to sport, from physiotherapy, sports science, sport coaching, sport psychology, PE teacher, Sport management to name but a few. Chloe also stressed that it was important to put as much effort into getting good grades as you would into training for your chosen sport. She went on to say ‘you need to keep working hard even when no-one is watching you’. Chloe also talked about facing barriers, stereotyping and challenges along the way. Her advice was don’t give up see each challenge as a learning curve which would ultimately make you a stronger person. She also reminded students to listen to your teachers, coaches and experienced peers as their advice and guidance would help you to become not only a better player but also a better person.
Chloe is currently a Curriculum, Resource and Quality Leader for Sports and Public Services within a College. Chloe said that whilst it was everyone’s dream to be picked to play for a professional team and have a star studded career, one had to be realistic and realise that at some point they would retire or worst case scenario get injured and be unable to play. Teaching sport has combined a personal passion and allowed her to pass on her enthusiasm to others and nurture their talent.
Our students, many of whom wanted the football dream said that they found it helpful to get the reality check of realising that perhaps they needed to consider a Plan B for themselves.
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