Verge meets Alex Scott

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Alex Scott of England poses for a portrait at St Georges Park on July 31, 2014 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Alex Scott is one of the most established names in woman’s football, signing her first contract at the tender age of 8 years old for one of the largest clubs in the country Arsenal FC she has travelled the world playing the beautiful game, winning coveted awards and being capped to represent the country.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Alex and talk about the upcoming trip to The Netherlands for the European Championship as well as being one of the only players with her own Academy (The Alex Scott Academy) to encourage future stars of the game.

As far as Football goes you are highly celebrated player, having accomplished over 100 caps for England and playing in the 2012 Olympics! What more do you hope to achieve?

It’s a big summer for me and the entire England squad as we will be travelling to the Netherlands for the European Championships. I haven’t won a gold medal in an England shirt yet – so that will definitely be my aim at the Euros.

 

What would you say is your proudest moment in the industry to date?

That’s a really hard question as I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy so many fantastic moments in my career. If I had to pick, it’s a tie between our quadruple-winning season in 2007 with Arsenal and getting my first England cap against Netherlands in 2004.

 

In 2011 you opened “The Alex Scott Academy” and it’s the first of its kind for woman in the U.K. Can you tell us a bit about how this came about, the partnership with PUMA and the aspirations of the academy?

Coming through the Arsenal Academy as a child, I saw the benefits of being part of an academy system for players. However, not everyone makes it to elite level so I wanted to give an opportunity to the people who love football but also want to get an education alongside it. At my Academy, they train every day but also work towards qualifications such as A Levels.

 

What does life outside football involve for you?

I do a lot of media work outside football and I see it as my future career. I also love to rest and relax on my days off and really enjoy going to concerts, the theatre and just hanging out with family and friends.

 

You signed for Arsenal aged 8 as an academy player, this is really young but academies are known to start scouting as young as 5 now! What is your opinion on this?

I think for me it was great to be accepted in an Arsenal environment from such an early age. It taught me discipline, focus and how to achieve my dreams. I do think it is really important that kids enjoy playing football and as long as that is there, then I am all for it.

 

What is your advice to budding female footballers?

Never give up – there will be ups and downs and it’s not an easy ride, but believe in yourself and you can make it.

 

You moved to play in the States for a while, what was that like? Tell us about your experience over there?

My three years in America were amazing. It took my game to a whole new level as the game in England at the time wasn’t professional. In the US a winning mentality and strong work rate is key in everything they do and it was also a fantastic life experience for me. It’s different now though, as our league is now professional and on a par with the US, and the opportunities for footballers now in England are endless.

 

Finally what are your future plans Alex?

When I retire, I definitely want to keep flying the flag for women. I also want to stay involved in football from a broadcast perspective and definitely would like that to be my new full-time job.

England kick-off their Euro 2017 campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on Wednesday 19 July live on Channel 4. You can join the conversation using #Lionesses and for more information visit http://www.thefa.com/forgirls

Alex can be found on Twitter @alexscott and on Instagram @alexscott2

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