Northern Ireland footballer, Vicky Carleton has in the last week become a part of the Play More Pompey team. We caught up with the NI international and Portsmouth Ladies player to find out some more about our latest addition.
Why did you join Portsmouth FC Ladies?
The level of football they played was a massive attraction to me, I’m just lucky to live so close by.
What’s been your fav thing about joining Portsmouth FC Ladies?
Playing alongside new players and getting to know team mates has been fun. But I’m just enjoying learning to play with and against a new football culture, which differs greatly from Northern Ireland.
What are your aspirations when playing for Pompey this season?
Hopefully as a team we will just play really good football and enjoy playing every game. I want us to finish where we deserve to at the end of the season- hopefully top! Obviously as a club we just want to get to WSL.
What’s the proudest moment of your career so far?
It’s got to be between scoring my first International goal, or making my senior debut. The goal was for the U17s against Georgia, I cut out a Georgia pass and put it in the top corner. My senior debut was against Croatia, it’s a massively proud moment for me, but I was actually ill at the time which takes a little away from the memory for me
Why did you leave Northern Ireland?
I left for a couple of reasons. Firstly for football, the standard is much better in England so I wanted to come over to push myself, I’m also at University over here as well, studying Sports Studies. Something I wanted to do in England rather than Northern Ireland.
What area do you want to work in upon graduating University?
I’ve always wanted to work in sport development, especially football development. I want to get more people playing and enjoying football. So a job in this sort of area would be perfect for me.
What’s your role going to be with Play More Pompey?
I’m excited to get started with PompeyCOF. I want to gain experience in all areas of the football world, but ideally want to help with the main message of the project, and to help more individuals play football.
How are you feeling about getting involved with the Play More Pompey project?
Already I feel closer with the community of Portsmouth, just seeing the work that’s being done on the ground and the love everyone in the city has for the club, I’ve never seen anything like it!
Vicky is going to work as a part of the Play More Pompey Youth Board focusing on pushing out more football across the city. She will also feature on skills and drills videos on The Deck.