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Jan 9, 2022
Getting to Know: Caitlin Stanton
April 07, 2022
In this week’s “Getting to Know”, we spoke to WCWFC's young defender, the Development Team and U18s Vice Captain, Caitlin Stanton.
Firstly, how has this season been for you personally and then as a team (both U18s and Development Team)?
We’ve had a tough season for u18s, but shown improvement. I don’t think we really knew what we were going into when we originally were put into this league so we all had to adapt. But through the season we kept battling and the 8-0’s to the opposition turned into 3-1’s. We started to work for each other and realised the standard of football we needed to play to even stand a chance. Towards the end of the season we really showed our improvement with a 5-0 win against Sporting Khalsa, who we drew against at the start of the season. In Devs it’s been quite the opposite. We played a high standard of football from the start and kept up the high expectations throughout the season. We are currently sitting comfortably at the top of the table. I think during the season we used our age and fitness levels to our advantage as we were playing some older opposition who began to tire more in the second half giving us the upper hand.
So, tell us about your football journey. How did you get into football? What age did you start playing and who have you played for?
My older sister was a goalie for Ferndale girls team so I used to join in with them up until I was 5 where I joined Ferndale mini kickers. I then moved to Wyre Forest Phoenix then Cookley and then to Worcester City. I also played for the WBA player development centre for a few years alongside my club.
What do you enjoy the most about playing football?
I really enjoy playing on the weekend as it’s a chance to show what we’ve been doing in training, put it into practice and actually prove my potential. I also like that you can’t predict anything in football, every game is different and exciting and you have to just roll with it and adapt to the game.
You are vice-captain of the U18s and Development Team - how does it feel to be in this role?
I think it’s all about encouragement and keeping the team's spirits high even when the score line isn’t going our way. We have a brilliant captain in Ella and I’m like her sidekick! We are the centre back duo and I think that’s why it works so well as we are so used to communicating in games anyway.
What have you learned the most this season?
I think a massive thing I’ve learned this season is about not giving up. Especially in the u18s as it’s been a real challenge. I’ve learnt that even when I make a mistake or my first touch of the game is bad, it’s only me who can turn it around. I think I used to often lose my head in a game if I personally would make a mistake and that would stick in the back of my head for the entire game. So now I use that as a motivation to play better and improve.
What’s a day in the life of Caitlin Stanton like?
A day in the life of me, well I’m currently doing an Apprenticeship as a PE teacher in a Primary School. So I wake up at 6:30, have a shower, make my lunch and get to work at 8am. I then don’t get home ‘til 5pm. Then depending on what night it is I’m either at football training, netball training or coaching an u12 girls football team. A day in my life is very busy in fact, there isn’t a day where I’m not doing anything!!!
What are your ambitions for next season and beyond?
Next season I’m hoping to continue to develop my game and get to the next level in my own personal skills as well as increase my confidence.
What do you do to relax? What are you watching on TV/Netflix at the moment?
I’m currently watching The Society on Netflix. It’s based on a high school teens life when all the adults disappear, it’s about how everyone copes and deals with a world without parents and rules. I also watch celebrity hunted on channel 4 when it’s on. They dump a load of celebrities in a random location and the idea is that they need to avoid getting caught by MI5 agents
Which football team do you support?
I don’t really support a premier football team however I do support my local team, Kidderminster Harriers. I go to the Aggborough Stadium and watch their home games!
Tell us a random fact, which people might not know about you?
Hmmmm a fun fact about me… Well, once as part of a fancy dress day at primary school I wanted to go as a McDonalds happy meal. Quite embarrassing actually!