Manchester City and England Ladies captain Steph Houghton answered students’ questions at East Manchester Academy. Find out Stephs’s advice for aspiring footballers and who her most difficult opponent was:
If you were to give one piece of advice to aspiring female footballers what would it be?
First piece of advice I would give would be to work hard in every single session that you do. I don’t think anybody can take that away from you, it’s all down to you. Also enjoy it, it’s all about enjoying your football and being the best player you can be and if you enjoy it that makes it a little bit easier.
Now you have won the Women’s Super League with Manchester City, what is your next big ambition in football?
A huge ambition of mine would be to win the Champions league with Manchester City, Its’s a long way to go. I’d love to win with my country, which would be the greatest achievement for me. We had a taste of success at the World Cup but we have the Euros to look forward to and I really feel we could do ourselves and the country proud.
What is the best thing about playing for Manchester City?
Probably the facilities we train in, I think that was a big pull for me moving, being able to train every day and it helps when we have a fantastic stadium; you can probably see it when you walk into school every day. That is what we call home.
Female football in the UK really came to prominence during the 2012 London Olympics, what was it like to be a part of such an amazing occasion?
That was probably the best experience of my life, to captain my country makes me tremendously proud but the Olympics was something different and to be a part of Team GB and the Olympics was something special and will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Who is the most difficult player you have played against?
I would say Kelly Smith, she is at Arsenal now and I was fortunate enough to call her my teammate. She is an unbelievable player for me so it would definitely be Kelly.