Mia Endacott ready to fly nest in football quest

Football prodigy Mia Endacott is ready to break new ground in her quest for football glory

Mia Endacott is the daughter of former sprinter Katherine Endacott
Mia Endacott is the daughter of former sprinter Katherine Endacott

By Alec McQuarrie, Sportsbeat

Mia Endacott can’t wait to fly the nest and spread her wings under the bright lights of the FA Women’s Super League.

The young Plymouth forward grabbed an assist in her first start for England Under-16s in January and is catching scouts’ eyes whenever she turns out for one of her five football teams.

The 15-year-old, who is the daughter of double Commonwealth medallist Katherine Endacott, has been part of the Argyle youth set up since 2016.

But the SportsAid-funded star does not have a preference concerning her first big move when she graduates to Under-21 level next year.

“Any team really,” said Endacott, who is funded by a partnership between SportsAid and Starling Bank.

“Any of them are better than Argyle. It’s hard down here.

“There’s not a lot down here so I need to get out of here as quick as I can and just keep improving.

“I met Beth Mead and she said it’s obviously not easy where I’m from so to keep working hard, try to get to a bigger club as soon as possible as that’s best for improvement.

“Hopefully in the next five or ten years I can push my way up the England teams and then play for a WSL first team.”

There are high hopes for the SportsAid athlete given her lineage, with Endacott senior taking gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 4x100m relay.

But Endacott is not concerned about following in her mum’s blazing footsteps, never looking back after her first taste of the beautiful game.

Endacott, speaking during SportsAid Week 2023, said: “There was no pressure growing up with Katherine as my mother. I mean everyone in my family is sporty.

“As soon as I could walk, I was down at the track with my mum. I started off in athletics and then one time I kicked a football around and I haven’t stopped since.”

SportsAid Week 2023 is here, with the annual initiative, which was launched in 2016, taking place from Monday 6 March to Sunday 12 March.

This year’s theme focuses on ‘Accessibility and Inclusion’ as the charity shines a spotlight on the country’s most talented young athletes and celebrates the incredible work being undertaken by its partners to support the future of British sport.

And Endacott, who has been a member of several boys’ teams during her fledgling career, feels adults should look to the kids if they want to understand inclusion better.

“The boys just saw it as normal. Because we were so little, your brains don’t really think about stuff like that,” added Endacott, who is supported by SportsAid and commercial partner Starling Bank.

“They just accepted me and I was there for quite a few seasons. I’ve grown up playing boys’ football so no one really bats an eyelid anymore.

“Inclusion is all about making sure everyone’s involved and treating everyone as equal.

“I know that more than anyone after how the boys at my first team didn’t treat me any different.”

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