Great Barton youngster Zynia Delglyn is dreaming of playing for the England women’s team after signing for Tottenham Hotspur, writes Alex Moss.
The Moreton Hall Preparatory School pupil recently had trials in north London, where she impressed enough to earn herself a place in the club’s Under-14 squad next season.
Delglyn, who has played her whole youth football career so far with boys teams, currently turns out for the Walsham-le-Willows Tiki Taka team, and is the only girl in the squad.
But with a deal complete to join Spurs, and with plans to also play for Bury Town Girls Under-14s next season, the Suffolk FA Girls Academy player has firm ambitions to one day pull on an England shirt.
Nicola Delglyn, Zynia’s mother, said: “We’ve always allowed her to make up her own mind, and her ultimate goal is to one day play for England.
“She took the decision this year to look outside of Suffolk because she said ‘to get where I want to go I need to look elsewhere’.
“She had a couple of trials with Spurs and she did incredibly well, it was a proud moment for mum and dad.
“We were on our route home from Tottenham when she got a phone call from the head coach and she was really chuffed, and so were her friends and family, we’re all proud of her determination.
“We wish her all the best with it. It will be very testing for her, but she has shown her skills in both trial days, showing the coaches that she gets stuck in, and is technically very good too.”
Zynia’s preferred position is in central midfield, while away from the football pitch she has also found success in other sports, representing her county in hockey and golf.
The 11-year-old, who was also offered a trial at Tottenham’s arch rivals Arsenal, joins a club whose ladies side have just had one of the best season’s in their history.
Last month, Spurs Ladies won promotion to the FA Women’s Super League after beating their Blackburn Rovers counterparts 3-0 in the Premier League play-off final.
The team will now be playing in Women’s Super League 2, the second-highest division of women’s football in England, from next season.
Tottenham also won the Boux Avenue Cup, League Cup and Premier League Southern Division, winning the latter of those titles in front of more than 2,000 fans at the club’s home at White Hart Lane.
Zynia is due to report back to London for training with Tottenham’s Under-14s next month.