Every budding young footballer dreams of one day making it as a professional and playing on the biggest stages.
Few have an idea of the sacrifices involved, the hard work it will take to make their mark and the dedication needed to some day put pen to paper on a full-time professional contract and make your debut.
Now take that concept and apply it to a young girl, who dreams those dreams but until recently could not aspire to be a professional footballer.
The women’s game has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with the Football Association introducing plans this year to have a full-time professional top division in England by next season, as well as a competitive national team that has a strong chance of earning glory at the 2019 World Cup in France.
It’s a far cry from the dreams Lizzie Durack and Simone Magill had, not only when they were young girls growing up in Australia and Northern Ireland respectively but even when they decided to leave the comforts of home to move to Liverpool and join Everton, both at the age of 18.
But, now deep into their first season as full-time footballers, the now 23-year-olds are relishing the chance to live the dream of so many youngsters.
We caught up with the pair over a coffee at Roast Coffee & Kitchen in Waterloo, Liverpool to talk about how football influenced their lives growing up, why it’s important to escape the pressures of the game now, the challenges of settling into the city and why they want to inspire future generations now that becoming a professional footballer is a career option for any child.
Watch the video above to see part one of our three-part series as the pair discuss life away from the pitch and how their dreams to become footballers grew in their early years back home.
With thanks to Roast Coffee & Kitchen in Waterloo.