Dominique Beckett visited Barcelona as part of Santander Universities’ Women in Football scheme, which supports female talent in both their sporting and professional lives.
The Physical Education with QTS student was one of a group of leading footballers from women’s clubs at UK universities who participated in a programme of events, tours and training in the Catalan city.
The activities included a panel event on the subject of women’s leadership in the bowels of the Camp Nou featuring senior members of staff from Barcelona FC and Santander. Dominique was also put through her paces in a training session led by Chapi Ferrer, professional football coach and ex-player of FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC.
As an exciting bonus, the group saw Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and co take on Olympique Lyonnais in a crucial UEFA Champions League knockout tie, a result of Santander’s sponsorship of the competition.
Speaking before travelling to Barcelona, Dominique said: “This year I have been proud to captain the women’s first team, which has helped me gain confidence and a greater understanding of football.
“It has also given me opportunities like this. I am excited to go on the trip and experience new things – thank you to Santander Universities for giving me this chance.”