Birmingham City Ladies FC is a professional football team that plays in the FA Women’s Super League. Maple Products from Quebec has launched a ground-breaking principal partnership with the team which will support the development of the players over the next three years. The team will wear Maple Products from Quebec branded kit and will work with us to create sport specific recipes and athletic nutrition programmes.
When consumed after physical activity, maple syrup helps your body recover by replenishing your glycogen reserves.
Aoife began playing football at a young age through Aston Villa's centre of excellence and quickly made a name as a flourishing defender, signing for Blues in August 2013. She thanks her background in Gaelic football for preparing her physically and mentally for top flight football. At international level Aoife has represented England a number of times through its academy teams, including the 2010 UEFA European Women's U17 Championships.
Q. What inspired you to become a professional footballer?
A. I have played football for as long as I can remember. I used to play on my own in the garden… kicking a ball against the shed wall. My dad used to take me to St Andrews to watch the Blues men play. I wanted to be like Robbie Savage, or even better… Roy Keane from Manchester United!
Q. What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
A. Not sure about piece of advice. But my favourite quote is Theodore Roosevelt’s one about the Man in the Arena.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Q. What is your proudest moment in football and why?
A. Walking out onto the pitch at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. Also spending time after the match with all my family who had flown over from Ireland to support me.
Q. If you could play against any team in any league in the world who would you play, in what stadium and why?
A. Lyon at Wembley. Lyon because they are dominating Women’s football at the moment. Wembley because it's Wembley!!
Q. What are your favourite pre and post-match meals?
A. I’m a fairly plain eater – chicken with homemade egg fried rice is my weak spot.
Q. What is your favourite way to use pure Canadian maple syrup?
A. I’m still exploring all of the different ways pure Canadian maple syrup can be used. It is a really versatile ingredient. A maple syrup glaze on salmon fillets is a serious game changer!
All fixtures are subject to change and will kick off at 2.00pm (unless stated)