Players from across the women’s football Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme have earnt places on professional pitches across the country, taking part in the highly anticipated Continental Cup, known as the Conti Cup.
Having launched in October, the Conti Cup has seen over thirty current and former learners compete so far in the tournament, one of the largest women’s football competitions in the UK.
Household names and graduates from Loughborough College, such as Toni Duggan and Jordan Nobbs have taken to the pitch in matches this month alongside upcoming players including Evie Rabjohn, Ella Wilson, and Mari Ward, all current learners on the DiSE programme.
BTEC and AASE NVQ former learner Gemma Bonner this week scored one of three goals for Liverpool in a nailbiting clash against Manchester City, and former learner, Steph Houghton.
Current and former learners to earn goals and assists over the rest of the tournament so far include Sunderland’s Ellen Jones, Lewes FC forward Kate Oakley, Bristol City’s Tianna Teisar, West Ham striker Emma Harries, and Southampton’s Paige Peake and Emma Thompson.
Reflecting on the first November leg of matches, Elite Sports Manager Cassey Badder shared, “What an incredible week of football!
“It has been a busy one for our Women’s football DiSE athletes in this year’s Conti Cup group stages with call ups for numerous graduates and current learners appearing on team sheets across the country.
“It is fantastic to see our DiSE sportspeople flying in this competition – We look forward to following the success of these athletes into the upcoming matches.”
BSc Applied Sports Science alumna and former England international Ellen White is the most recent College graduate to take the Conti Cup title, scoring one of the winning goals in the 2021-22 season final for Manchester City.