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Arsenal Ladies’ Hinds hoping for bright future

PUBLISHED: 11:31 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:31 17 May 2017

Arsenal Ladies Academy youngster Taylor Hinds has received funding from the Nottingham Building Society (pic Tracey Whitefoot/Sportsbeat)

Arsenal Ladies Academy youngster Taylor Hinds has received funding from the Nottingham Building Society (pic Tracey Whitefoot/Sportsbeat)

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Academy youngster receives funding from the Nottingham Building Society

Taylor Hinds is setting her sights high, aiming to establish herself with both Arsenal and England in the years to come.

Hinds currently plays in the Arsenal Ladies academy, having started out with the Northampton Town development squad at the tender age of 10.

The 18-year-old is juggling her football with her A-level studies, and says her ultimate aim is cementing her place as a senior professional in Arsenal’s ranks, before taking the next step onto the international stage.

“I got scouted to play for Arsenal, went and trialled and I’ve been there for about six or seven years now,” Hinds said.

“A school PE teacher from Northampton was the Arsenal Ladies coach at the time for my age group and he knew about me through friends.

“He got them to tell me to go and trial and I thought, ‘why not?’ I was 12 or 13.

“I was really nervous for the trials but, because I was trialling at other places, I thought ‘if Arsenal isn’t for me, I’ve still got other options’ and I just tried my best.

“Now, my ultimate aim is to be professional and play for the Arsenal first team and England senior women’s team and get to as many tournaments, like the Euros and World Cup, as I can.”

Hinds’ cause will now be helped by The Nottingham Building Society, funding athletes with £750 each, which teams top up with fundraising throughout the year.

The Nottingham Building Society are teaming up with charity SportsAid to support 50 local athletes on their journey with their ‘time to shine’.

And having already donated £190,000 to SportsAid to help athletes buy equipment, travel to competitions and receive the training they need to be the best they can, the Nottingham Building Society are now also helping athletes on the path to Pyeongchang or Tokyo.

“I’m so happy to receive this support from SportsAid and The Nottingham Building Society,” said Hinds.

“I’m so grateful for it because it will help me out so much, particularly with travelling because I don’t live that close to Arsenal.

“Football boots aren’t cheap either, so it makes life a lot easier and it feels like a weight has been lifted off mine and my parents’ shoulders.

“Their support will help so much in the long term. It’s so nice knowing that you have someone looking out for you, and helping you to become professional and make a life out of your sport.”

Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray teamed up with SportsAid in 2013 to help future sports stars get their time to shine. Visit thenottingham.com to find out more.

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