Scarlett has the world at her feet

After scoring nearly 40 goals and winning two trophies, striker is tipped for top

Thursday, 16th June — By Zakaria Taibi

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Scarlett Mitchell captains all-boys team Kentish Town FC

MILLIONS of children up and down the country take to the football pitch every week in the hope of one day achieving their dream of becoming professional.

And while for many that dream sadly never comes to fruition, there is one girl well on her way to making that vision a reality as she continues to hit the headlines.

Scarlett Mitchell, who lives in Camden and plays in an all-boys team for Kentish Town FC, has stood out as their star striker yet again this season after playing a crucial part in the club’s cup double triumph in the Regent’s Park Youth League.

The 11-year old captain led by example as she scored a hat-trick in the semi-final and a brace in the final as Kentish Town won the 7-v-7 Under-12s League Cup.

She was also on target in the Under-11s cup final, leaving triumphant Town reflecting on a memorable season packed with silverware.

A big Arsenal fan, Scarlett wrapped up her 2021/22 campaign with almost 40 goals in all competitions.

She is now hoping to replicate that success on a professional level after attracting the attentions of a number of top clubs.

She said: “I was really happy with scoring in those games, it felt really good. It was a really successful season.”

Setting her goals at the highest of levels, the ambitious youngster makes little secret of her dream of one day “winning the World Cup”.

But taking it one step at a time, Scarlett added: “By next year my aim is to get into an academy.”

Scarlett’s footballing ability first caught the attention of Kentish Town FC coach Thomas Looney during a training session when she was just seven years old.

Looney said: “When she joined she had good technique, listened well and took all the information on board very well.

“At Under-9s she improved even more and this season she’s pushed on with everything and done really well. She’s an all-round complete striker and a great finisher with both feet.

“As a captain she leads by example and I would love to think she can go all the way in her footballing career.

“She’s definitely got the quality and intelligence to do just that.

“She holds up the ball really well, can play with her back to goal – which a lot of players can’t do at her age – and brings other players into the game really well.”

Equally convinced that she can make it to the very top, Scarlett’s father, Jamie Mitchell, said: “If she carries on how she is now she will definitely play in the Women’s Super League, I’m 100 per cent sure of that – it’s just a case of who she will play for.”

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