Former teammates of one of England’s Lionesses have expressed their pride in her contribution to the team’s first major trophy.
Chloe Kelly’s goal against Germany in the final of Euro 2022 was aided by a corner kick from Lauren Hemp of Norfolk.
While Hemp made history in front of 87,000 people at Wembley, celebrations were held in her home county.
The former club where she played, North Walsham Town Football Club, stated that she “could be one of the best players in the world.”
Josh Roper, head coach of the first team, stated that more than a hundred people packed the clubhouse for the match.
“It’s a little surreal that Lauren came from where we are now, but it feels as a club that we were all a part of the Lionesses team, cheering on every kick and move they made,” he said.
“It’s a huge opportunity for the club and clubs across the country, giving us something extra special to anticipate and grow throughout the season.
“We are so proud, and I know that as a club we feel we played a role in Lauren’s journey; this is a very special moment for us and north Norfolk.”
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He stated that a plaque would be erected in honor of Hemp, who currently plays for Manchester City.
Mr. Roper added, “We knew she would make it and she is one of, if not the most important players for England.”
She must continue working hard and aiming high if she hopes to become one of the best players in the world.
Made North Walsham Proud
During the tournament, the 21-year-old winger made six appearances for England and scored in their Group A match against Norway. She has won the PFA young player of the season award for four consecutive seasons.
Abbie Gower, who played with Hemp as a youth at Norwich City, said: “We all knew that if any of us were to succeed, it would be Lauren.”
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“She’s always been an absolute firecracker on the wing. She’s always been an incredible player, and I’m so proud that she’s made it to the championship game.”
Miss Gower from Aylsham stated that the Lionesses’ victory was “good exposure for the younger generation.”
“Everyone is ecstatic that England has won a major tournament because it has been a long time coming and it is such a spectacle for women everywhere, not just Lauren Hemp in Norfolk.
She stated, “Women everywhere will look up to this team, and everyone will be so proud.”
Young women at the football club where England winger Lauren Hemp began her professional career have hailed her as an “inspiration.”
On Tuesday, the Lionesses defeated Sweden 4-0 to advance to the Euro final.
Children from North Walsham Angels, the girls’ team at Hemp’s first club, were among the millions who viewed the semi-final.
Inside the club’s bar, they sang “Sweet Caroline” and proclaimed: “We did it!” She is a tremendous inspiration.
It’s great to know that she started where we are because it gives us hope that we can achieve similar success.