Rossall School is delighted to announce that Millie Bright, England Lioness and Chelsea defender, is to become the Ambassador for the School’s brand new Girls’ Elite Football Programme being launched this week, in partnership with League One football club, Fleetwood Town (FTFC).
Rossall School has enjoyed a collaborative partnership with FTFC since early 2017 when the boys’ elite football programme was established. The success of this programme has been quite extraordinary, with membership of the programme growing from three pupils to nearly forty pupils, who are selected from over twenty countries internationally.
The programme has now expanded to include the senior girls’ programme, which Millie will be supporting. From September 2021, this will run alongside a new junior programme for both girls and boys. Both Rossall and FTFC are committed to building upon the success of the existing Football Development Programme, which provides elite coaching, outstanding training facilities, and competitive fixtures against leading academy teams from across the UK and beyond.
The very best national and international footballers from countries including South Africa, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Ukraine and Ecuador, travel to Rossall School to enjoy an outstanding education from a leading independent school, alongside a world class football training programme with coaching and facilities provided by Fleetwood Town FC.
To coincide with the September 2021 launch of the Elite Football Programme for Girls there will be a number of scholarships and means-tested bursaries (up to 100%) available; and this will include the very first ever Millie Bright Football Scholarship.
The girls within this programme will have the opportunity to play with the full Fleetwood Town Academy teams including the Fleetwood Wrens, and against many of the leading youth teams in the North of England.
Millie Bright, England Lioness, Chelsea Defender and Ambassador for the Girls’ Programme said, “It’s a huge honour to be asked by Rossall to become an ambassador for the new girls’ football programme. I am really excited that they are offering scholarships for talented and hard-working girl players.
“I am where I am today through my work ethic and I would encourage everyone to follow their journey and dreams like I did mine through hard work, commitment and passion for the game.”
Jeremy Quartermain, Headmaster, added, “Following on from the fantastic success of our boys’ programme, we are delighted to be launching our girls’ programme.
“It is no secret that Rossall is performing superbly well on all fronts – both academically and in terms of its sporting success.
“This programme will attract aspirant and hardworking girls who are committed to excelling both on and off the pitch.
“The opportunity to blend world-class coaching with outstanding teaching is about as exciting as it gets.
“The strength of this partnership has enabled us to offer a programme that is unique in terms of both its resourcing and ambition.
“We are especially pleased that Millie is on board as she serves as an excellent role model for those wishing to make their way in the game.”