Farmington footballers on the world stage

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Two Forfar Farmington Senior players are set to make their mark in international football.

SWPL midfielder Kim Thomson has been selected for Great Britain’s Women’s Football team for the bi-annual World University Games in the Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen.

The World University Games is a multi-sport event for elite athletes in higher education and Kim, who studies Physical Education at Stirling University, will be a part of Team GBR.

Kim, who has previously represented Scotland from Under 15 to Under 19 level and also featured for Scottish Universities, is the only Scottish outfield player to feature in the squad.

The midfielder is a regular in the SWPL and was put forward to trial at Newcastle United Football Club’s Darsley Park training ground by Scotland Manager Anna Signeul.

After being successful at the trials she went on to play Coventry Ladies and The F.A’s Women’s Super League side Lincoln Ladies before a week long camp to shape the team and help the players gel.

As the team is being run by The Football Association, Kim has had to wear the Three Lion’s badge which is Team GBR kit for travelling to China and during the games.

Once in China, Team GBR will play a warm-up game in Hong Kong against a Japanese side prior to the Group Stage beginning on August 11 against Canada. From there it’s on to games against Taipei and China played August 13 and 15 respectively.

Kim hopes this trip with British Universities and Colleges Sports, combined with her training and the Women’s National Academy at Stirling University, will help bring her more Scottish international recognition in the future.

Fellow, SWFL midfielder Yasmin Anderson is heading off to The Emirates, home of the mighty Arsenal to participate in the London club’s gap year coaching internship.

Yasmin will spend four months based in London at Emirates Stadium and local schools during which time she will gain qualifications and work experience with the Club’s extensive community programme.

She will gain experience in football coaching and classroom teaching including literacy, numeracy and basic ICT through Arsenal’s award-winning education initiative, the Arsenal Double Club, as well as first aid and safeguarding courses.

She will then get the opportunity to coach with a range of Soccer Schools and community partners both locally and abroad.

Finally, the course will give Yasmin an opportunity to work abroad with the focus on working with Arsenal’s Community Partners in countries such as Kenya, Barbados, Mozambique and Israel.

Forfar Farmington Football Club wishes Kim and Yasmin the very best of luck and hope they both enjoy and benefit from their experiences.