Exciting times for North Wales footballer B’Elanna Ali who has been chosen to attend the Wales Women’s Under-17 training camp this weekend.
Bear in mind she is only 14 years old!
The news is also a massive boost for her club NFA (North Football Association) which only fully formed this season.
B’Elanna is among the 45-strong squad which includes players from clubs as illustrious as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
The talented youngster answered a few questions for Grassroots North Wales ahead of Saturday’s training session.
Many thanks to coach Rebekah Hansen for arranging the interview, which was fully supervised by the club.
Name: B’Elanna Ali
Date of Birth: 22-9-2005
How does it feel to be chosen for the Wales Women’s U17 training camp?
It’s good to be given this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the experience
What is the greatest moment of your football career so far?
Beating Penrhyn Bay in a cup final on penalties and scoring from 40 yards in the match
What do you hope to get out of the experience?
Help develop my game both technically and tactically
How is your season going with NFA?
The season is going great with NFA. We have won all of our games so far and are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Which teams do you play for?
NFA U14, Wrexham RCF/AFC U16, Flintshire Girls U15, North Wales Elite Regional Squad U16,
What are the best things about being part of NFA?
Made some great friends, I am able to play different positions and try new things. It’s a lot of fun and the coaches are great.
Who are your heroes in football?
Virgil Van Dijk, Fran Kirby
What are your ambitions for the future?
Improve my technique and game understanding. Also continue to have fun and enjoy the game.