Newcastle captain heads to Iceland

After a long, hard, busy and very successful season you would think all a successful football team captain would want to do is to celebrate and then rest and relax and maybe take a few weeks holiday.

But not Newcastle United captain, Sarah Wilson who boarded a flight and headed for Iceland not for a holiday but to play football for the summer.

Sarah is the type of person who loves life and her football is a huge part of her life. At just 20 years old, she captains a team that not only won the Northern Combination but also won the NFA Women’s Cup, a big job for such a young person. People at Newcastle often forget how young Sarah is as she goes about a job, which she takes very seriously. No matter what pressure Sarah is under she will always try to make sure that anything that is required in her role as first team captain is done – and done with professionalism and pride.

Sarah’s busy life was added to as she also captained the successful Northumbria University BUCS women’s football team, whilst studying for her degree and working part time. Sarah has shown everyone that if you really want things in life you can achieve them but it takes a lot of hard work, commitment and a very supportive family, which Sarah definitely has.

It has not been an easy task to captain a team that this time last season had just been relegated from the Premier League and lost the NFA cup final. But Sarah was determined that, together with her team mates, they were not going to sit back and accept life in the Combination or end the season without a piece of silverware. They wanted to be back playing in the FAWPL and wanted the chance to make the final of this NFA Cup and win it. So the hard work began and as expected Sarah prepared her team for the hard job ahead and achieved their goal of promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. They then added to that the title of NFA Women’s Cup Champions.

So with her job complete for the season and her team mates taking advantage of the summer break, Sarah has headed back to Iceland for the second year running to play football there. Life in Iceland is busy as Sarah combines training every day and playing league games with Grindavik FC and working part time.

Sarah also has to fit into this very busy schedule returning home for her University Graduation and to join her family to celebrate her 21st Birthday – what a year 2012 has been for Sarah.

Article By Anne Eadon NUWFC

3 Comments
  1. Izzy 7 years ago

    Hi Ellen, great blog! I think most of people didn’t know much about women’s football in Africa, so was a pleasure getting to know Sarah Ogonyo and her life as a player in Kenya.

  2. Women's Soccer United 8 years ago

    Good luck Sarah, what a great experience playing in Iceland, enjoy 🙂

  3. Asa 8 years ago

    Hope she has a great time there

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