When I was extremely young I fell in love with playing football, and ever since then my passion for the sport has only grown stronger. I have always had a goal of representing my country, and this goal continues to motivate me and encourage me to take every opportunity that arises.

I have been a part of Northern Football Federation for 7 years, travelling to Sydney with my squad when I was 12, competing at three National Age Group Tournaments, and playing in the 2018 National Women’s League. I have also been fortunate enough to attend multiple New Zealand Football National Talent Centres. Each of these opportunities have helped me to get closer to reaching my goals, and have helped me improve massively on and off the pitch.

During 2018 school tournament week, I represented my school at the Auckland New Zealand Secondary Schools Football tournament. These tournaments take place across a range of places in New Zealand. From this tournament, I was selected to participate in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls Football Representative U17 Team for 2019, where we will travel to Texas in April to compete in the Dallas International Girls Cup.

I know that this tournament will present many opportunities such as gaining international experience, learning more about the game, and being noticed by overseas football personnel and therefore I’m extremely grateful to The Bobby Stafford – Bush Foundation for supporting me in being able to attend this tournament and in achieving my goals.

Sophie Millarfifth-place-at-the-2018-world-championships