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Danielle Gibbons

UCLAN GRADUATE TO PROFESSIONAL GOALKEEPER

Football has always been a huge factor in Danielle's life since she was a child and her sporting experiences enhanced her interest in studying for the BSc (Hons) Sports Science at UCLan.

Danielle explains: "Understanding more about the science behind sport was something that I was very keen to do, both for the help it would give to my football performance and because I was genuinely intrigued about the subject."

After studying hard on her course whilst continuing to compete semi-professionally towards her dreams of being a full-time goalkeeper, Danielle was awarded a first-class honours degree. Danielle said: "The University was extremely supportive in adapting my lectures to my training and match schedule, which was invaluable to me and would not have allowed me to reach the position I was able to.”

Soon after graduating and despite a major health issue, Danielle was offered a professional contract with footballing giants Liverpool LFC. She played at the highest level of football in the FA Women's Super League and the UEFA Champions League.

Talking about her greatest achievement since graduation, Danielle said: "My greatest achievement since graduation was retaining my position as a professional footballer following brain surgery, and making my Champions League debut."

Danielle is now a goalkeeper for Sheffield FC Ladies as well as putting her sports science and personal training experience to use, working as an exercise coach in a gym. She says she wants to “help the public achieve a more active lifestyle”. In 2019 Danielle is changing her career completely and is joining the police force.

Danielle said: “My time studying at UCLan has given me the bug to keep on learning and develop my personal and academic skills, which will undoubtedly help me in my future career path."