It is International Women’s Day on 8th March 2023 so it’s a good time to celebrate the achievement of females who have participated in NCYFL and gone on to be successful in football.

Today we are focusing on Sarah Brasero-Carreira.

Dean Sheppard coached Sarah when she was involved in youth football in NCYFL at Sprowston FC. This is what he had to say about Sarah.

From day 1 everyone was amazed with her ability and attitude. She always had a ball at her feet, walking to school or to the car to attend football training, you never saw her without a ball.

Sarah was very committed, always played with a smile on her face and earned so much respect from parents and opposition with her no fear approach. Sarah left Sprowston to join Heigham Park Rangers and played the year above for 2 seasons before re-joining for the Under 14 season.

Sarah went on to win the league and cup double 2 years running before moving to Ipswich Town academy at the age of 16.

It’s been a privilege to be a coach of Sarah’s and I know I have a friend for life. At a young age she was a role model with my daughter included calling her super Sarah. Her whole family are football mad and she is destined for a great future ahead.

Sarah is currently playing at Ipswich Town and scored the winning goal in their 1-0 win a few days ago. She also recently scored her first goal for England Under 19’s. She is definitely a talent to watch out for.

Norfolk is a great place for girls to participate in football and NCYFL and our members clubs welcome any girls who want to get involved in playing. We are also keen to increase the number of female coaches, referees and volunteers who are involved with youth football. NCYFL and Norfolk FA can help anyone who wants a role in football. NCYFL have a dedicated Women In Football group, if you’d like to get involved, contact Karen Ward –