APPEARING in the FA Cup final, achieving World Cup qualification with England and moving to the Yorkshire countryside – it has been a huge year for Bromsgrove’s Chloe Peplow.
The 19-year-old joined FA Women’s Super League Two side Doncaster Rovers Belles on a three-month loan from Birmingham City Ladies in September after coming off the bench in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley in May.
Peplow made the move in a bid to get more playing time as she prepares for the Under-20 World Cup in France next year and now lives ‘in the middle of nowhere’, quite a change from her Birmingham home.
The midfielder has already switched her focus to the World Cup, the next big event in her football calendar, but she stills looks back fondly on a successful few months.
“Playing in the FA Cup final was the best moment of my career so far, there was such a big crowd and it was on a huge stage,” she recalls.
“Despite the result, just to be able to get out on the pitch and contribute in the FA Cup final for my team will go down as a moment to remember in my career.
“I never imagined I’d do it when I first started playing football, when you’re little playing in an FA Cup final at Wembley is not something you’d ever think could be true.
“In July we had the under-19 European Championships in Ireland, that was our qualification for the World Cup.
“Then I transitioned straight into the under-20s and now we’ve got camps upcoming.
“We’ve got one in Florida in December and we’ve got a jam-packed schedule next year in the run-up to the World Cup.”
The move north is certainly paying off for Peplow as she has started in three games, playing the full 90 minutes in each.
The England star is enjoying life off the pitch in Doncaster too, and shares a house with teammates Rhiannon Roberts and Maz Pacheco.
Pacheco is supported by the SSE Next Generation scheme, something Peplow also benefitted from during her rise to the women’s top flight.
“Football gives me great experiences and because I was on the SSE Next Generation scheme, I’ve got a great support network and things in place that have helped,” explained Peplow about the scheme, which supports aspiring up and coming young athletes.
“It provided me with training and funding so I’m really pleased that I got to be part of that, it has definitely helped.
“The support while I was coming through the youth stages of my sport was a really big help.
“Now it’s my first time living away from home, it’s been a new experience because I didn’t have a clue with general housework.
“But Maz and Rhiannon have been really welcoming and I settled in straight away, all my teammates are really lovely.”
Since 2013, SSE is proud to make a difference to young people, their families and their communities, by investing in the future of sporting talent through the SSE Next Generation scheme.
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