England star Beth Mead has teamed up with Teeside University to launch a scholarship for prospective female footballers.
The Beth Mead Scholarship is open to applicants and is designed to support dual-career students who could reach professional and even international levels within women’s football.
Four scholarships are now available for the 2022/23 academic year and successful applicants will receive a bursary of £1,200 each in addition to sport science support. This includes strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, sport nutrition, sport psychology, biomechanical analysis and sport physiology from experts at Teesside University.
In addition, scholars will also receive one-to-one and group mentoring with Beth during their studies, as well as branded sports kits and gym membership.
Mead, who graduated from Teeside University in 2016, said: “The support I received from Teesside University was invaluable. I was fortunate to turn professional while still studying and, although it was a challenge, I am incredibly thankful that I was able to obtain my degree while also starting out on my professional football career.
“I think it is really important that talented female footballers are given the platform and support network to flourish. The women’s game has really taken off in recent years and young women are starting to see that football is a viable career.
“I am delighted to be working with Teesside University to offer this scholarship and hope it will inspire other talented female footballers to succeed and follow their dreams.”
Mead's former England manager Phil Neville has praised the launch of the scholarship.
“From the first time that I watched Beth play I knew that she was a special footballer. Alongside her ability on the field is her brilliant attitude and drive to succeed and be the best. But, for me, the most important quality Beth has is that she's an incredible person - always respectful and polite and is loved by all her teammates and coaches," Neville said.
“The scholarship is an amazing opportunity for these girls to get the best out of themselves and gain experience from someone like Beth.”