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Emily's American dream
 Women's Football News 11 Dec 2010
by Chris Parsons
New Chelsea Ladies academy star Emily Sleeman is settling into her new club well after making the transition from Plymouth Argyle last summer.
The 17-year-old from Cornwall is looking to impress in the next year in order to gain a scholarship to America.
After an unsuccessful trial at Arsenal, the ambitious teenager got her chance with Chelsea and grabbed it with both hands.
"Basically I was happy playing for Plymouth Argyle, however in the south west there aren't many opportunities to get noticed for England and American scholarships so I decided to trial for Arsenal. I made it through the first set of trials but not through the second sets so I thought the next best team was Chelsea."
A week later and Emily was invited to play for them. Straight away she could tell the difference in standard, on and off the pitch.
""It feels a lot more professional in the sense that we have better facilities, and the players are a higher standard."
Emily is desperate to play in America through a scholarship scheme, and believes it's the place to be if you're a woman playing football.
"Most girl footballers are chasing the same dream, so there is a lot of competition but that is definitely the goal I'm aiming for.
"The Super League which is the women's equivalent to the men's Premier League. That is the place to be if you are a woman football player, football over there is bigger than men's they often get crowds of 30,000.
"So I will leave when I'm 18, hopefully I'll have a scholarship to look forward."
As part of her development at Chelsea, Emily is participating in a National Level 3 extended diploma in sports performance. Emily believes finding the right balance between football and studying is hard but is defiantly worth it.
"At times, yes it is tough to manage but because our college is linked with Chelsea, they balance it to allow us to train and complete college work without it all getting too much. I am doing the Btec level 3 extended diploma in sports, it's really good as we can often use examples of how we played in our matches to help with assignments for things like sport psychology."
After one smooth transition from Plymouth to Chelsea, Emily has already got her mind set on an American dream.

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