Old Blue Georgia Stevens, from the Class of 2018, can already add an England cap to her long list of achievements, and her latest sporting challenge saw her take part in BT Sport’s Ultimate Goal, a new reality series created to find Europe’s next stars in women’s football.
Georgia was one of thirty-one young female football players selected to take part in the series, where she lived and worked like a professional footballer under the watchful eyes of former England players Eni Aluko and Rachel Brown-Finnis.
Throughout the series, Georgia and her fellow players received masterclasses from footballing legends including Freddie Ljungberg, Faye White, Peter Crouch and Fara Williams.
One of eleven contestants to be the subject of an in-depth feature, Georgia returned to Blue Coat to sit down with Deputy Headteacher Mrs Sarah O’Rourke to talk about her passion for football, how she juggled her school work with her football career as well as the challenges women face in pursuing their ambitions to play the sport.
Making it through to the final sixteen, the final episode of the series saw Georgia play in one of the biggest games of her life, in a showcase match against Birmingham City, with agents and scouts watching from the stands. Her high-quality performance during the showcase match led to Georgia becoming one of the biggest success stories of the series, with Georgia signing to play for a top-flight club in Iceland.
In yet more good news for Georgia, earlier this month she was crowned Best Young Content Writer at the Football Content Awards 2020, considered by many to be ‘The Oscars of the Football Content Industry.’
Reflecting on 2020 Georgia said, “it has certainly been a crazy year. I’m very fortunate for the opportunities I’ve had amidst all the chaos. I was selected to be a part of the Ultimate Goal show on BT Sport, which has just come to a conclusion. To be a part of a TV show was absolutely surreal and it’s something that I certainly want to do again. It was great to come back to Blue Coat, albeit this time with a camera crew in tow, and sit down with Mrs O’Rourke to celebrate how Blue Coat helped me juggle my academics and football. It made a great feature for episode 4!
“As a result of Ultimate Goal, I was scouted and signed a professional contract with Þór KA, an Icelandic Premier League team that was based in Akureyri. I’d signed and flew out in less than a week, it was certainly a whirlwind! To play and train as a professional with a side that was competing in the Champions League not too long ago was a great experience and I made memories that I certainly didn’t expect to at 20 years old. Our season was cut short by COVID, more a precautionary measure by Iceland who were handling things remarkably well!
“Upon returning home, it’s recently been announced that I was the winner of the Football Content Awards’ Young Content Creator of the Year, sponsored by Mitre Sports. This come as a great shock as the category was very tough and I was pleased to just be nominated! As a result, 2021 is looking very exciting! Right now, I’m enjoying some quality family time back in Liverpool as I look to embark on the next step in my career, which is looking to be a bit closer to home this time!
“I hope you all have a safe and healthy holidays, spent with the people you love, whether it be virtual! These times are incredibly hard and I know firsthand how tough it can be away from family, so make sure you look after yourselves and keep in touch with those around you!”
We’d like to congratulate Georgia once again on her fantastic recent success and we look forward to sharing yet more Georgia Stevens success stories with you in the near future.