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How to be a footballer: Episode Two

SAVE: CityTV presenter Kelly O'Donnell during her goalkeeping training with Manchester City Women.

SAVE: CityTV presenter Kelly O'Donnell during her goalkeeping training with Manchester City Women.

How many times have you watched a game and thought ‘I could do that?’ or ‘anyone could have put that away?’

Presenter, Kelly O’Donnell, joined Manchester City Women on their pre-season training camp in Abu Dhabi and for nine days tried to find out whether she could learn how to play football.

Having never kicked a ball before, the series documents Kelly’s journey as she tries to grasp the basics and puts her body on the line, following the players’ rigorous training regimes.

“This has to be one of the toughest things I have ever done," O'Donnell said. 

"To go from a complete beginner to training with top athletes – many of them England internationals – was always going to be a huge challenge.

"The reason I wanted to do this was to show just how difficult it is to be at that level, and also show how skilful our women’s team are.

"I have to admit there were some dark days out there when I realised I wasn’t very fit! And it’s certainly no holds barred – you get to see everything from blisters, to fitness tests, to me needing some medical treatment!”

Looking at the four main positions on the pitch, the first part deals with Goalkeeping. Defending, Midfield, and Striker will follow on a weekly basis.

We kick off today with the first session which focuses on goalkeeping and stars MCWFC stoppers, Karen Bardsley and Marie Hourihan.

Match Info

Parris can't wait to get going in WSL

PARRIS: Nikita can't wait for to get going in the 2016 FAWSL season.

Nikita Parris can’t wait to get back in front of the City fans when Notts County Ladies visit the Academy Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The recently turned 22-year old made her loan move from Everton Ladies into a permanent one in pre-season and is raring to go ahead of the WSL opener, which kicks off at 7pm.


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Match Report

Storming start for City Women

CUP OF CHEER: City players celebrate

Goals from Georgia Stanway and Nikita Parris helped City secure a 2-0 win against Liverpool Ladies on Saturday evening.

17-year old Stanway opened the scoring with a goal of the season candidate in the first half before City’s place in the FA Women’s Cup quarter final was confirmed midway through the second half when substitute Parris added her name to the score sheet.