WNT Head Coach Colin Bell begins home-based training
The Women's National Team squad are set to enter camp tomorrow ahead of next week's first FIFA 2019 World Cup qualifier at Mourneview Park, Lurgan against Northern Ireland on Tuesday, September 19th.
Ahead of the squad meeting up, Bell held the first of many home-based training sessions where he invited a number of players from the Continental Tyres Women's National League to train at Abbotstown, FAI HQ as he looks to expand the pool of players available for selection.
The WNT Head Coach said: "It's really important that we show the players from the around the league that by coming into Abbotstown and training with us, that the door to the Women's National Team is open.
"Of course, we had a number of players training this evening who are already in the squad so it's great for the other players to be able to train with those players and get up to those levels required.
"The door is also open to under-age players as well who impressed in the Under 19 and Under 17 squads. It's really important that these sessions happen so that we can increase the quality of training and intensity of training in the coming months."
Current WNT players Karen Duggan, Aine O'Gorman, Amber Barrett, Roma McLaughlin, Claire Walsh and Amanda McQuillan trained last night ahead of Northern Ireland camp as Ireland begin their FIFA 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign.
A number of players from the across the WNL including Shelbourne's Jamie Finn and Niamh Prior, Galway WFC's Aislinn Meaney and Shauna Fox, and Wexford Youths' Rianna Jarrett and Claire O'Riordan were all invited to the training session which will now be held on a regular basis.
Bell continued: "We're now looking forward to getting into camp on Wednesday. It was great to greet some of the players this evening who will now start to get prepared for what is a really tough match against Northern Ireland.
"I think what this training shows though is the competition for places and we don't want anyone to think that it is a given that they're going to be nominated. I'm constantly monitoring the progress of players at their clubs and those standards need to be at the highest level to play for the national team.
"It's important for the players who trained tonight and anyone else playing in the national league that we're watching and monitoring the progress of players as we really need to increase the competition to claim a spot in the squad.
"It's going to be a tough campaign for us but we need to use it to progress and to set ourselves up for the next coming years where we look to qualify for a major tournament."
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