Mia swaps ballet shoes for football boots


Mia Doherty is a young footballer with the world at her feet who is now practicing regularly at the Cliff Hill Training Ground as part of the Exeter City Girls’ Development Centre.

This is a considerable achievement for an 11-year-old who is in her first year at Bishop Fox School in Taunton.
When she was seven Doherty swapped her ballet shoes for football boots and joined Ruishton Rangers, a mixed team, since when she hasn’t looked back.

Doherty, (pictured, above), came to the attention of the Exeter City coaches when she attended the King’s College Summer Camps for the last two years, which provided a fantastic opportunity for her to learn and develop her footballing skills.

She was successful in her trial for Exeter City Advanced Development Centre at King’s, where she impressed and was put forward for trials at the Exeter Girls’ Development Centre where she was successful.

Chris Heayns, the Exeter City Advanced Development Centre manager at King’s, said: “Its great to see the progress that Mia has made since she first became involved with the scheme and she thoroughly deserves her success.

“The Centre is all about providing opportunities for youngsters to play football and Mia has certainly made the most of her chances.”

To find out more about the Exeter City Advanced Development Centre in Taunton, contact: chris.heayns@ecfc.co.uk

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