Striking a Pose

Striking a Pose


DCLFC v Arsenal Ladies - Dayna goes in for a tackle against Jordan Nobbs

DCLFC v Arsenal Ladies - Dayna meets England star Leanne Sanderson.

DCLFC v Arsenal Ladies.

DCLFC v Liverpool Ladies - Dayna in goal with German international Corina Schroder and England's most capped player Fara Williams.

DCLFC v Liverpool Ladies - Dayna on pitch with players including England international Natasha Dowie and Icelandic international Katrin Omarsdottir.




Sixth Former Dayna Randall recently played football alongside a whole host of England and European internationals.

Dayna, a striker for Derby County Ladies FC, was called up for pre-season friendlies against Arsenal and Liverpool ladies’ teams.

The 18-year-old said: "They were so friendly. We had photos together and they spent time with some of our younger players. They are great role models for the game."

In August, Dayna jets off to Tennessee in the United States to embark on a four year football scholarship. Dayna said: "My aim is to play for England, and for women America is the place to do it because they have a professional league."

We caught up with her just before she jets off to America, to talk about her passion for the beautiful game...

THS: How did you get into football?

Dayna: When I was about 4 or 5 my granddad, Kevin Randall, played for Chesterfield FC and Notts County. He used to take me for a kick-about in the park and I just really got into it.

THS: When did you start playing properly?

Dayna: I joined Sharley Park girls' team once I was old enough. Then when I came to Tupton Hall I jumped at the chance to join the girls' team in Year 7. It was nice to be involved in the school team and be around other girls who wanted to play too.

THS: What do you enjoy most about playing football?

Dayna: Definitely the buzz you get from scoring! It's your contribution to the whole team, especially if you score the winner. For a moment afterwards you just forget what you're doing and go nuts!

THS: How has being at Tupton Hall School helped you achieve your goals?

Dayna: The facilities are brilliant and there is plenty of chance to get involved in sport. All the teachers have been interested in my success as a player and have encouraged me. Mr Shuttleworth has always helped me. He's very involved in football and is able to give me tips.

THS: How did you come to play against top flight female footballers?

Dayna: I play in the Derby County Ladies reserves team but now I'm regularly getting called up to the first team. The matches were pre-season friendlies played at Borrowash Victoria AFC in Derby against Arsenal and Liverpool Ladies - Liverpool are Super League champions! I was playing alongside England internationals like Jordan Nobbs, Leanne Sanderson, Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie, German international Corina Schroder and Icelandic international Katrin Omarsdottir.

THS: What were they like?

Dayna: It was crazy because I've seen them play on TV and watched their games. I was in awe of them. I kept thinking 'what if I could score...' I couldn't get over how physically fit they were - but they do train every day, compared to my twice a week!

THS: What do you think the future holds for women's football?

Dayna: I feel things are going in the right direction. People are starting to recognise female players because there are a lot more players becoming professional. Media wise it's getting better too. BT Sport have taken up a lot of games and the BBC are starting to show international games.