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How to be a footballer: Episode Three

O'DONNELL: CityTV presenter Kelly takes a break during episode three of 'How to be a footballer'...

O'DONNELL: CityTV presenter Kelly takes a break during episode three of 'How to be a footballer'...

CityTV presenter Kelly O'Donnell learns how to be a midfielder from Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen

If you’ve been following my journey so far, you will know that I have tried to master goalkeeping, tried to fit into City Women’s back four, and also been following the players’ strict workout regimes in the gym. Let’s just say those have been with varying degrees of success!

In preparation for my midfield session, I had already undergone a fitness test back at CFA. You can see what happened in the video, but it definitely gave me a taste of what to expect. I did use to think I was fairly fit, but twenty minutes with a beep test is enough to shatter anyone’s illusions.

But the pain didn’t stop there. Out in Abu Dhabi I was lucky enough to be coached by Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott. Being two England internationals, they didn’t go easy on me!

I don’t want to give too much away before you have seen it, but in this episode I really understood what being a midfielder means. It takes huge amount of skill it is an absolute slog. On average, a midfielder runs around 8 miles per game. I repeat: 8 miles in 90 minutes. Unbelievable!

Do you reckon I’ll be able to keep up? You’ll have to watch to find out…

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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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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.