On International Women’s Day, Arsenal.com took the opportunity to catch up with Arsenal Ladies and Republic of Ireland star Ciara Grant, and put some quickfire questions to her…
How did you first get into the game, and where did you first master your skills?
I have two brothers and played football with them all the time when I was growing up on the streets and out in the garden. My dad used to play on Sundays too. He’d take me to watch but I wouldn’t watch him, I’d be running around on the side playing football with all the boys.
Did you play for your local team?
When I started playing competitively I was just 13 but went straight into senior football as there weren’t any girls teams for my age then.
Ever show up the boys growing up with your superior skills?
I was better than half the boys I played with so they had a bit of respect for me and girls playing football.
The FA WSL kicks off in April. What can fans expect?
Yes, the Super League finally kicks off on April 13, when we’ll got to Tooting & Mitcham FC’s ground to play Chelsea. We’ve waited so long to kick a ball so I hope it all works out!
It should be good fun for supporters, with games being played on nice summer days… that’s the plan anyway!
They’ll definitely be good days out. With fewer teams in the league than before, the quality of football will be high and every team’s going to have lots of international players on display. And as well as the football, we’ll have football festivals and lots of fun things for kids to do before the games, so there’ll be a great atmosphere.
Who’s your sporting hero?
Probably Denise Lewis. The heptathlon’s such a gruelling event, and to achieve all the things she did in the sport, she must have trained so hard and put her body through so much, it’s quite amazing. Heptathlon athletes have to train on their own as well which must be really hard.