Getting to know . . . Lou Hembrough
Lou Hembrough is the perfect example of a player coming through the youth system, one of the youngest in the current senior set-up has been at the club for 9 seasons. A popular character on and off the pitch and captain for the late development team, Lou gives us an insight into life as a Charlton player and her successful start to senior football…
You’ve been at the club for 9 Years, what’s been your biggest achievement so far?
I think that my biggest achievement so far is going to France with the club and getting in the top 4 out of lots of teams like Manchester City. Also, being able to captain the team for 2 seasons when I was 14/15 and then again in development.
How have things changed since you first joined the club, and how did you find the transition from girls to senior football?
When I first joined the club, it was a academy and the whole set up was different. I have been coached by many different coaches and they have all helped me be confident and progress. The transition from girls to senior football is a lot harder than I thought it would be. The tempo of the game is a lot more higher and fitness and physical strength is needed a lot more.
Best thing about the club?
The best thing about the club is that it's one big family and everyone supports each other.
As a player, what are your best attributes and what are your goals for this season and beyond?
As a player, I think that my best attributes are leadership and motivation. I can read the game well and support other players on the pitch. My goals for this season is to remain in the reserve team and be a key player in the team.
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?
The advice I would give to younger girls would be to listen to the people around you; coaches, managers and team mates. Keep working hard on the training pitch and on a match day to continue to develop yourself as a player.
Let’s hear more about you and your teammates….
Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions…?
Before a game I normally have a pack of jelly babies and lots of water. I also get my bag ready and get myself hyped up for the game.
Who is the joker in the team…?
There's loads… probably Beth Bunker because she managed to break her wrist by punching a ball and also Ella Bailey she's actually quite funny.
If you could have 1 attribute of a teammate, what would it be…?
If I could have one attribute of a teammate it would be able to make crucial tackles like Phoebe Chapman. You can always rely on her to make a hard tackle when needed and at the right time, her timing and power is very good.
And finally…..who spends the longest in front of the mirror…?
Ella Bailey she needs to get the ginger hair looking good before the game.