Becky Flaherty

Becky is a young goal keeper from Aberdeenshire who can turn her hand to a variety of sports. Representing Scotland as a Goal keeper at both  U-15’s and U-19’s levels she is really someone who knows what its like to compete at a high level from a young age. Tipped for the top Becky is a determined young lady who is an inspiration to young ladies wanting to start out in a new sport.

  1. Name: Becky Flaherty
  2. Sport/club: Football, Aberdeen Ladies FC and Scotland Women U19s
  3. What’s your sporting story?

I started playing football when I was around 4 years old for Banchory Boys. I became a goalkeeper when I was 13 playing for Deeside Girls U13s. I played there for half a season then moved to Deveronvale Girls U15s playing for a season in which we won the league and league cup. During that season at Deveronvale I got selected to play for Scotland 15s in October to play against Germany in a double header. I then got selected to play for Scotland 16s in February to play in a friendly tournament in Portugal to play Portugal, Austria and the Netherlands. I also got selected to play for Scottish Schools U15s where we competed in the Bob Docherty Tournament in April and played England in a friendly. I then moved to Buchan Ladies in the SWPL.

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Throughout that season I represented Scotland 17s in numerous friendlies and in the Euro Championships where we managed to get to the finals in England in December where we played Germany, Spain and France. I also got voted SWPL Premier League Player of the Year. I also played for Scottish Schools U15s again in the Bob Docherty Tournament where we managed to win the competition in Ireland in April.  I then moved to Aberdeen Ladies also in the SWPL where we managed to get to two semi-finals in the League and Scottish Cup. I got told that I could no longer play boys football so I had to leave Banchory Boys after playing 11 years of competitive football. During the summer I got told I was moving up early to play for Scotland 19s. Now I am currently playing my second season for Aberdeen Ladies. I have represented Scotland in 15s, 16s, 17s and 19s 28 times and Scottish Schools 9 times.

  1. What was the biggest challenge in your sporting career so far and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge in my sporting career was playing Premier League football for the first time at 14 years old. I managed to overcome it by training harder and continually playing games. Playing boys football also helped as it was more of the same tempo of play.BF Aberdeen

  1. What attracted you to becoming a “Goal Model”?

I am lucky football has given me loads of opportunities to meet new people and go to new places I thought I would never visit and I would like to help more people experience these opportunities.

  1. How important to you is it to get young people into sport and leadership?

Is gives young people an alternative to hanging about on the streets and it is a good form of exercise and meeting new people.

  1. What would you recommend to young people in Aberdeen who want to become more involved with sport?

Go to the local sports centre and see what your local area has to offer in a range of sports. Schools are also a good way as they offer a range of activities which you can participate in and many clubs to join.

  1. Who inspired you when you were younger and why?

My football coaches at Banchory Boys always encouraged me when I was young. My parents have always been supportive of me with everything I have done.

  1. If you had the same opportunity in sport again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t change anything as I am lucky to have the opportunities I have been given and might not have had the same experiences if I had changed anything.BF GK contact

  1. Why should young people in Aberdeen get involved with the Denis Law Streetsport programme?

It gives young people sports to do for no cost. Dennis Law himself is a well-recognised and respected name within football.

Have a Question for Becky? If so email m.williams2@rgu.ac.uk with the question and Becky will get back to you with a personal response a soon as possible!

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