FOREST Town footballer Sianna Bennett (15) has been offered another year at the Sheffield United Elite Centre Of Excellence – but she is eyeing up a scholarship in the USA.
The Samworth Academy Year 10 youngster, who plays at U17 level is now looking forward her final year and third year at the Blades’ centre, one of only 30 in the country, before she goes into women’s football.
Sianna has also played this season for Nottinghamshire Schools County representative team which beat Derbyshire last week to be crowned the East Midland Regional Champions and was also beaten by Blackpool in the Northern semi-final of the National Cup.
Dad Wayne said: “ She is researching how to get into a college in America to pursue her dream of achieving a football scholarship when she is 18.
“She still has three full years to complete at school and one of the criterias needed to be completed is to show that you are worth the money paid for her scholarship. She needs to show evidence of her football ability and show she is good enough.
“She has received amazing encouragement from her teacher, Mr Bennett, at Samworth Church Academy and is hoping to make football her future.”
Sianna began playing for football aged eight for Titans in the KicKStart League, formed by a group of friends from Heatherley Primary School, before moving on to play for Linby Ladies and being part of a very successful side, changing their name to Notts County.
In her last full season for Linby, Sianna scored an impressive 47 goals in only 18 games after netting 36 the year before in her first season on a full-sized pitch.
It was after this season that she went on to play at Sheffield United.
Sianna has continued to score goals on a regular basis and is asked to play in a variety of positions and has managed to make centre midfield and centre forward her regular positions.