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An Ardnamurchan youngster has begun climbing the football ladder by signing for a prestigious football club in the capitol.
Charlotte Adam Prosser, from Lochaline, has been snapped up by Edinburgh City FC’s women’s team the first step, she hopes, to make her way towards becoming a professional in the future.
Adam Prosser, 18, first got into football at Banavie Primary. She told the Lochaber Times: ‘At lunch time I would always play football with the boys and that’s when they invited me to their football training after school and soon after that I was part of the boys Banavie football team where I was the only girl. From then on I was obsessed with the sport.’
Adam Prosser, who formerly attended Ardnamurchan High School and has been working at Ardtornish Estate, attended an open day at Edinburgh College to explore their Football Development course.
‘I soon realised the odds of me getting a chance on the course were stacked against me and was advised to try reaching out to football clubs which I did and Edinburgh City Woman’s FC was one of them. Not long after I emailed the club I was asked by them to attend training sessions which I accepted straight away.
‘After I did the training sessions, coach Brian Ross and club secretary Colin Campbell both came to the decision that I would be a good fit for the team with my left foot and asked me to sign for them which I said yes to straight away.’
Adam Prosser has been travelling to Kinlochleven to play with South Lochaber Thistle every week and she credits her family with making this happen.
‘My family have played a huge part in helping me achieve my ambitions. They would get me to my South Lochaber Thistle (SLT) training every Wednesday night and I really can’t thank them enough for believing in me and putting up with my determination to play games when I could.
‘Also Alan Gray and Peter Newman from SLT helped me majorly with me getting into the SLT team and they also helped me get in touch with other football clubs to help me get out there and without them I don’t think I would have made the step I have with Edinburgh City.’
In the long run, Adam Prosser is aiming high: ‘My ultimate ambition is to play for Scotland one day, of course, but I wouldn’t say no if I ever got an offer from Manchester United ladies as the club means a lot to me!’
South Lochaber Thistle founder and manager Alan Gray commented: ‘Everyone here at the club is very proud of Charlotte. She works hard and has a really good attitude towards her football. She always wants to improve, she listens and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.
‘Since the beginning of the club, it’s been a core principle that SLT never stands in the way of players wanting to ply their trade at the highest level available to them and we look forward to following Charlotte’s progress.
‘She’ll always be welcome back at the club. I’m sure she will do very well playing at such a good level and we wish her all the best for the future.’