Getting to know… Ella Bailey
Ella is a product of our youth set up, who has this year made the leap in to senior football. As an energetic, box to box midfielder with great ability on the ball, Ella is one of our brightest youngsters with a great future ahead of her.
Here's a little bit more about her, and her time so far at the club...
You’ve been at the club for about five years, what’s been your biggest achievement so far?
This will be my fifth season at Charlton and I have so many great memories that it is hard to pick my biggest achievement. I would probably have to say progressing from junior football through to senior football. As well, winning the ESF Tour twice, in back-to-back years.
How have things changed since you first joined the club, and how did you find the transition from girls to senior football?
I have worked with many great coaches who have helped me progress in the last five years. The step up to senior football was really daunting to start with as the football is so much faster, but once you get used to it and start enjoying it more, it’s not as scary as you first think.
What is the best thing about the club?
There is such a great family feel about the club, everyone gets on so well with each other. It’s just like a big family where we all support one another.
As a player, what are your best attributes?
My best attributes are probably my first touch and passing.
What are your goals for this season and beyond?
My goal is to help the team in any way I can so that we finish as high as possible in the league, and if we win a cup along the way that will be an added bonus.
What advice would you give the younger girls in the club, and young girls across the country, who want to develop from girls’ to senior football at a high level?
I would say to never give up and always try your hardest at everything that you do. Also, listen to your coaches as they always give good advice and ways to improve your game.
Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions?
Not really, but I always put my right sock and boot on first before my left sock and boot.
Who is the joker in the team?
Maisie Joyce – well, she thinks she’s funny anyway!
If you could have one attribute of a teammate, what would it be?
To be able to keep hold of the ball like Maddie [Reynolds] does – trying to tackle her when she has the ball is almost impossible!
And finally, who spends the longest in front of the mirror?
Lou Hembrough – 100%. You’ll always find her doing her hair.