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Bow Jackson is hoping to find a helping hand as she looks to achieve her footballing dream.
The 17-year-old defender from Dawlish, who plays for Plymouth Argyle in the Premier League, is seeking a sponsor as she hopes to be able to take up a Scholarship in the United States.
"From the age of fifteen, football has played a huge part in my life," Bow told Women's Soccer Scene. "After being accepted at a trial to join the Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence Under-16 team, everything began to fall into place.
"Last season I was playing for Plymouth reserves and we had a very successful season, finishing unbeaten in the league and were runners-up in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup [Bow scored in the Final against Exeter City]. For my attitude, dedicated and how much I developed as a player and person, I was awarded the manager's player of the year.
"Now I am in the first team and competing in the Southern Division of the Premier League. Playing in this league is amazing! The standard of the players' ability is outstanding and every game never fails to show the magnificence of the sport.
"Wherever we travel, the mini bus is one place you cannot rest - it is full of laughter and our 'amazing' singing/shouting. But it builds a lot of team spirit and the long journeys wouldn't be the same without it."
However Bow's football career is not solely confined to Plymouth. "I also represent my county, Devon under-18s," she says. "This involves a lot of travelling and hopefully we can have another successful season like last year when we were runners-up in the cup.
"Not only am I a dedicated player, I am also studying at Exeter College, as well as playing the role as captain for Exeter College Women's Football Academy. This includes a lot of training and travelling to competitions and games, but it is worth it to gain more experience and opportunities.
"Recently I have been involved in some trials for the British Colleges football team and have been successful in getting into the last trial, representing the south in the last 33 players in the country. I have the last trial in December and am looking forward to going to Lilleshall to compete for one of the defenders' places."
Bow has also caught the eye elsewhere and this has led to the chance of a lifetime for her. "Earlier this year I was invited to trial for United USA, where they offered me a Scholarship out in the States. Unfortunately, with my family funds, I was unable to take this great opportunity to fulfil my football dream.
"With all of this training, travelling and equipment that I now need, my funds for all of this are very limited. Not only am I struggling to pay signing on fees, but travelling to training can be an issue each week.
"Any financial contribution would be very beneficial and much appreciated, thank you."
If anyone wishes to help Bow towards her goal of taking up the Scholarship in the United States which she has been offered, you can e-mail her at BOWJACKSON@exe-coll.ac.uk.
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