Female Football Focus 2021-22 – Gwen Roberts (CPDM Bangor 1876)

Gwen Roberts is a young talent to watch out for

Gwen Roberts is one of a number of highly promising young players looking to make her mark with CPDM Bangor 1876 this season.

She has made quite a start, scoring a hat-trick on her debut for the team this summer.

Age

17

Height

5’7

How did you become interested in football?

My Dad is a massive football fan, which meant that I grew up watching football. When I was old enough he started to take me and my brother to watch games. At first, I only went for the hot dogs they served in the café, but then I started enjoying the matches and I’ve loved it ever since!

How long have you been playing football?

I’ve been kicking a ball in the garden for as long as I can remember but I joined a team when I was about 11/12.

Have you always played in the position to play now?

I’ve always played around the midfield / striker area, but as I got older I preferred to play on the left rather than centrally.

What is your training schedule like? Do you practice every day?

Outside of the team practice once a week, I try to practice as much as I can after school and on the weekends.

If you are not playing football or not working, what do you do in your spare time?

I coach younger age groups, and I play netball. Away from sports, I like to spend time with friends and family and go on walks.

Do you like shopping? What are your favourite stores? 

I like to go clothes shopping and I also love to find new places to eat. 

Which female footballer do you admire most? 

Caroline Weir because her technique and her footballing ability is amazing.

Away from football, what female sportswoman/women do you admire? 

Serena Williams celebrates winning her Ladies’ Singles Quarter-Finals match against Camila Giorgi of Italy on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It has to be Serena Williams. She is a great athlete and a fantastic advocate for women in sport.  

Which coach has influenced you the most?

I’ve learned something different from every coach I’ve worked with, but my Dad has always been the most honest with me and I’ve learned and progressed a lot because of that.

Do you have a favourite professional football team? 

Liverpool FC.

Do you practice a certain diet while you are training or during the football season? 

Not particularly, but I try to eat healthy and I always eat a balanced meal before and after matches.

Gwen (red) chases the ball for CPDM Bangor 1876 versus Llanystumdwy at Bethesda

Tell us about the greatest game you’ve played in. 

It wasn’t the greatest game, but the one that meant the most to me was a friendly match between Bangor 1876 and Denbigh. It was Bangor 1876 Ladies’ first ever match and my first senior match, and I scored the first ever goal for the club, as well as a hat-trick. Being Bangor born and bred, it was great to be able to contribute to the club in that way.

What are your musical tastes? 

I’m a big music fan so I enjoy all kind of music, except jazz.

Do you have any plans for a holiday once it’s totally safe to do so? 

Not at the moment, but I’d love to just go somewhere warm!

Do you have any pets? 

No, I’m actually scared of animals.

What do you hope to achieve in future as a footballer?

I just want to improve as much as I can, and see where I can go from there.

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