Birmingham news Football mad Brummie, 6, tells Lioness: 'I want one of these medals' PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Harper Mills trains around six days a week and is the only girl on her Sunday team
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An aspiring young footballer from Birmingham was given an adorable pep talk by her football hero after watching the Lionesses beat Germany at the Euro 2022 final. Six-year-old Harper Mills, who plays up to six times a week, watched in awe from the crowd as England claimed a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium. A few days later, the youngster met one of her heroes - Aston Villa Women's goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, who was on the substitutes' bench for the historic match. Harper got to wear the WSL goalie's winners' medal and told Hampton her intentions of winning an England medal of her own one day. Her mum Lou Mills, who went with Harper to watch the final, said: "We have never forced Harper to play football, she just loves it. Hannah recognised (Harper) because she's always at the Villa games and asked her how she was doing. Read more - Birmingham Airport flights most likely to be delayed or cancelled revealed "Harper said, 'I really want one of these medals' and Hannah told her, 'Just keep doing what you're doing'. It was just amazing." Harper supports Aston Villa Women and travels to all their matches with her parents, who are also big football fans. She has been a season ticket holder for the last two years for the Aston Villa men's games and the women's team who she 'adores'. Aspiring footballer Harper Mills, from Birmingham, was in the crowd for the iconic UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final (Image: PA) Ms Mills said: "All the other kids will ask to put Nickelodeon on but Harper just wants to watch Sky Sports News. We follow Aston Villa women around the country and if there is a match that we can't make she will go, 'Please Mum, please I'll do anything.' "Her dream at the moment is to play for Aston Villa, that's all she ever talks about and she absolutely adores the Aston Villa women. At the moment, that is what she is aiming for, but she can't until she's eight - then hopefully they will sign her.
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. Harper trains around six days a week and plays for a girls only team on Saturdays, while on Sundays she plays in a mixed team as the only girl.
Football-mad six-year-old Harper Mills meets her hero Hannah Hampton. The young fan, who plays football up to six times a week, has been given the chance to tell her footballing icon about about her dream of becoming a Lioness (Image: PA) Connor Mooney, 27, who coaches Harper as part of the football programme TNG, which stands for 'the next generation', said the young player is an inspiration. Mr Mooney said: "Harper always comes to training with a huge smile on her face. "Over the last year since working with her she's just been absolutely amazing. She honestly loves the sport so much." Despite her daughter's love of football, Ms Mills admitted that not everyone Harper meets has been supportive of her dreams. She said: "She's had it before when we've gone to the park or something and people have made comments to Harper like, 'You can't play football, you're a girl'.
Aspiring footballer Harper Mills, from Birmingham, with her coach Connor Mooney at training (Image: PA) "Literally half the clothes in her wardrobe is football kits and if I were to get a dress out, she would refuse to wear it. When Harper goes to school she plays football, but none of her girl friends will play with her, she has to play with the boys. She plays for a mixed team on a Sunday, but she's actually the only girl in it." However, both Ms Mills and Mr Mooney are hopeful that the 2022 Euros will be a turning point and encourage other young girls to get involved in football. "I think a lot of girls that were playing football have stayed within the game because of it and I honestly believe that it's going the right direction," Mr Mooney added. Read more: Raging Bull to stay for longer in Birmingham as plan revealed West Midlands Safari Park hits back as visitor says family only saw 'seagulls, magpies and 300 deer' Gary Neville 'worried' about Aston Villa and feels Steven Gerrard 'frustration' Library of Birmingham to open on Sunday for first time - but there's a catch for Raging Bull visitors Hero BBC presenter fights back tears professing love for Birmingham
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