Emma Clarke is a talented young lady, especially when it comes to her ability to juggle her school work and sporting passion; football. A normal week sees Emma training with her club team, her school team, the Canterbury men’s football team, at the gym and pre-season training with the Canterbury women’s team – not to mention homework, a game on Saturdays and a social game of futsal (indoor football) on Sundays.
After picking up football at the age of nine, Emma has gone from strength to strength. From making the Canterbury team every year from the age of 12 to most recently being selected to play in the under-19 New Zealand team, set to compete in next month’s Oceania Championship. The team has their sights set on qualifying, at this tournament, for the 2018 FIFA under-20 World Cup in France. Emma has also been named in the NZ Secondary School team who travel to Singapore in the September holidays.
Following her previous selections for both the under-17 World Cup wider squad and New Zealand under-20 wider squad, Emma’s most recent selection is something, that while she is admittedly a little nervous about, she is excited by the opportunity to play and determined to prove herself.
Half way through her last year at St Margaret’s, Emma is hopeful for what the future might have in store. With her favourite subjects being physics and maths she’s keen to pursue an engineering degree, ideally at an American university; one that has a good football team of course.
While a degree, travel and the UK or US professional football league are all part of her 10-year plan, for now it’s school work, the Oceania Championship and doing to her best to fit in a social life with friends and family.