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An Interview With the Women’s Football First XI Captain

Photo courtesy of KCLSU

To understand how the KCL Women’s Football team are approaching Varsity, staff writer Daisy Redhead sat down with Ines Sargren.

Roar: What is the key factors that contributed to your team’s success this year? 

Sargren: We held very successful trials back in September, with over 100 attendees. This meant that we had many talented players to pick from, and assign to teams. For our First Team, having lost many players last year, this year has been about rebuilding and finding that team dynamic that will be conducive to success. I’d say that a key factor in our success this year has been the team’s dedication to wanting to improve and play the game we love, in addition to the support and tactical savviness of our Coach Alex.

R: What have been the standout moments for the team this season?

S: Some standout moments for the team this season include some of our ‘hikes’ to games (the walk from the station to Royal Holloway and Royal Vets games stand out as team bonding moments). In a more general sense, it’s been beautiful to see the team come together game after game, always willing to put in the work and commit to playing the game we love.

R: Looking back at last year’s Varsity fixture, what were the key takeaways for the team?

S: I think last year’s Varsity showcased just how competitive of a game it always is; I think the main takeaway is thus that we’ve got to be in it from the start, mentally dialled in and ready to leave it all on the pitch from the get go. I think the first twenty minutes of any game are crucial to set the tone to the game, and hopefully, we’ll be able to come out fast and strong, playing our game the way we know how to.

R: Can you describe the rivalry between KCL and UCL in football? How does it motivate the team? 

S: Where to start – the rivalry has always been intense, especially for women’s football. I think the well-balanced nature of both teams means it’s always a great game, and one that pushes both teams to play at their best. As a player, those are the games you enjoy the most – challenging, but rewarding.

R: If you had to describe your team in three words, what would they be and why?

S: Three words that come to mind are passionate, dedicated and hard working. We all love the game, and we’ve all got each other’s backs; we work together as a unit on the pitch, and I think that’s what is crucial to our success.

Check the KCLSU Varsity Website for updates on when and where to watch.

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