West Ham Women debut for Sikh-Punjabi midfielder Roop Kaur Bath against Hashtag United | Football News

Sikh-Punjabi midfielder Roop Kaur Bath capped an unforgettable few weeks with a debut for West Ham Women in her first style of senior soccer.

Kaur Bath, who has solely simply joined West Ham’s WSL full-time academy, was given 25 minutes off the bench by supervisor and former England worldwide Paul Konchesky as a younger facet misplaced 3-1 to Hashtag United at Parkside in a pre-season fixture.

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Roop Kaur Bath warms up at half-time against Hashtag United

The midfielder, who’s supported by the Sporting Equals and Sky Sports activities partnership, confirmed some neat touches and put in a composed efficiency in entrance of 350 followers as she made her first look for the Hammers, aged simply 16 years and 11 days.

Senior gamers Grace Garrad, Jess Ziu, Keira Flannery, Alex Hennessy and Sophie Hillyerd had been all concerned, with the remainder of the first-team squad – together with current summer season signings Viviane Asseyi and Thea Kyvag – watching on and supporting their youthful team-mates.

Singh: That is epic

Apna England official supporters’ group spokesperson Micky Singh informed Sky Sports activities News: “That is epic information and can give a lot hope to so many ladies from all backgrounds that there’s a pathway for them within the girls’s sport.

“Everyone at Apna England is delighted for Roop and really proud of her and her family who have never given up and fought tirelessly to provide the best opportunity for her talent to shine.”

The nation’s first Sikh-Punjabi feminine Member of Parliament, Preet Kaur Gill, reacted with delight to the Sky Sports activities News story.

Kaur Gill, who’s the Labour and Co-op MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, wrote on social Media: “It’s a fantastic achievement by Roop and wonderful to see young Sikh girls smashing glass ceilings. It’s inspiring for all.”

West Ham Women academy supervisor Dan Mlinar mentioned the match was an excellent studying curve for the gamers who will kind a part of his squad for the approaching season.

“It’s actually the first minutes that our academy players have had since returning for pre-season, so it was nice for them to be back out on the grass,” he informed West Ham’s official web site.

“We had players making their West Ham debut, we had players playing in their first-ever match against older players – and for some it was their first-ever match in front of a crowd!”

‘A priceless expertise’

Mlinar added: “It was a priceless experience for them all, and I’m sure they will take many things from the game. They’ve played alongside a number of first-team players, so they’ve seen the level that they need to get to if they want to be a fixture of the first-team squad.

“It is a good time for these children to be on the soccer membership, as a result of there’s a clear ethos right here of having the ability to promote from inside if we’ve the best calibre of participant that is prepared for first-team motion.

“Our WSL academy team will have quite a young squad this season, but I saw enough to show that this group has something. We’ve only really had about five or six sessions since we returned for pre-season, so I’m looking forward to a couple more matches and seeing the girls grow.”

Kaur Bath was the thriller schoolgirl who left Sky Sports activities News viewers shocked again in March final 12 months when she did nearly 1,100 kick-ups for Worldwide Women’s Day, aged simply 14.

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After two spells with QPR, the Sikh-Punjabi central midfielder joined London Bees for the 2021/22 season, completely telling Sky Sports activities News on the time that she was eager to step out of her consolation zone and check herself in a brand new surroundings.

A Middlesex Centre of Excellence graduate, Kaur Bath was a part of the Ruislip Rangers facet that received the Capital Ladies County Cup for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.

Kaur Bath additionally represented Middlesex at county stage final time period, that includes in a 4-3 win against MK Dons.

Talking on the finish of final season, Kaur Bath’s coach at former membership London Bees John Ryan pointed to the midfielder’s technical and tactical capability as an excellent indicator of her potential within the sport.

At West Ham, Kaur Bath will work below famend expertise developer Stephen Opoka, and ex-Millwall Lionesses boss and lifelong Hammers fan Mlinar, who was introduced in as academy supervisor by West Ham Women common supervisor Aidan Boxall.

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