We are so proud to report that Kirsty Hanson, a former student at Brooksbank, has achieved her long-held ambition to represent her country in the Scotland National Women’s Football Team.
Twenty-one year old Kirsty received her calling to the senior team and was added to the team sheet ahead of Scotland’s second qualification match against Albania in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 campaign on Friday 8th November.
On the night, the Scotland Women conquered Albania decisively scoring an amazing 5 goals to nil by the end of the match. The result has maintained Scotland’s emphatic start to competition where they are placed in Group E.
Although Kirsty did not score in her debut, her abilities to spin the game in Scotland’s favour stood out for all to see. A BBC reviewer commented, “Hanson was an outstanding architect of Scotland chances, appearing on either flank and filleting the Albanian defence. When she scurried her way into space, her deliveries were crisp and accurate and she was twice unlucky not to cap her debut with a goal.”
If that wasn’t enough of a thrill, winger Kirsty – who also plays for Manchester United! – was also declared Barclays Player of the Month for October, based on three wins on the bounce and two goals for her team.
Kirsty has been playing football since she was six years old. “I first started when I was at primary school. Yes, it was a boys’ world and I played with boys, but I found it fun. When I came to Brooksbank, I played for the school girls’ team, which was coached by Mr Brooks.”
Speaking about selection to the Scotland Women’s Team Kirsty says, “I’ve really enjoyed my time in the squad so far, all of the players have been really welcoming and it’s been good to see some of the players I was in age grade teams with, again. All of the staff have been great with me and I can feel myself learning off the senior players already so that has been brilliant.
Kirsty believes that representing the global brand of Manchester United every week has helped prepare her for this new career challenge. “Playing at Manchester United has really helped with my transition to the national team. I’m used to playing at a high intensity, which has helped when I’ve made the step up to the national team.”
We are so proud of Kirsty, and wish her every success as her career continues to flourish.