Town goal ace Scarlett snapped up by Chelsea

11-year-old striker scored nearly 40 goals in all competitions last season

Thursday, 14th July — By Zakaria Taibi

Scarlett Mitchell with dad Jamie

Scarlett Mitchell with dad Jamie

STAR striker Scarlett Mitchell has been snapped up by Chelsea after impressing coaches from the Women’s Super League side during summer trials.

The 11-year-old will now be looking to replicate the kind of numbers that she enjoyed last season when she scored nearly 40 goals in all competitions for top youth club Kentish Town FC.

After signing a one-year contract, Scarlett said: “I’m really happy to join Chelsea. The trials were intense but I’m pleased my hard work has paid off.”

Scarlett just missed out on a place in the Blues’ youth academy last year. And this time around the Torriano Primary School pupil, who is starting at Acland Burghley this September, feared the worst again as she “felt under the weather” before her first day of trials at the London club’s Cobham training ground.

But the formidable forward still managed to catch the eye as she showcased her finishing skills and teamwork in front of impressed coaches, who quickly invited her to join the Chelsea ranks ahead of the new season which kicks off in August.

Upon receiving the good news, dad Jamie said he was “really happy”, and he instantly called Scarlett who screamed down the phone when she heard she had got in. He added: “To be honest, it was all a bit surreal at the beginning.

“We were going to the trials hoping that Scarlett will get in, but when it actually happens you think, ‘Did that really just happen?’ – I had to read the email a few times because I almost didn’t believe it.”

Jamie has always had belief in his daughter’s abilities, and when she was just five years old placed a £50 “novelty bet” at odds of 250/1 that Scarlett would play for England by the time she is 25. It’s a gamble that could certainly come to fruition if Scarlett continues to work hard both on and off the pitch.

The new start at Chelsea does, though, mean that Scarlett won’t be able to play for Kentish Town this season.
Discussing the move, Town coach Thomas Looney said: “I’m gutted to lose such a great player but very proud to see her take a massive step up in what I hope will be a big step towards playing professional.

“I have coached her since she was seven, and she will be sorely missed. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.”

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