TEENAGER Abbie Larkin admits she’s still struggling with the fact that she’s currently the Republic of Ireland senior international at 16 as she tries to combine schoolwork with her budding career his bloom.
As Shelbourne’s first player, Larkin made his debut for Ireland in the Pinatar Cup competition in Spain last month. “I wasn’t expecting it at this stage,” she said.
“My mother found out I was going to Spain before I knew it, she knew two or three days before but didn’t tell me, she wasn’t allowed. Vera Pauw had a practice session at home and She called me at the end of the session to tell me that I was coming to learn from the international senior team.
“I’m very happy, getting there at this age. It’s good to be there. I’ve starred with some players, people like Katie McCabe, I’m a bit nervous but I try to focus on the game. play, I’m there for a reason. Playing with people like Katie, Denise O’Sullivan, I’m 16 but that’s good.”
As a middle school fifth year, Larkin is trying to keep up with his studies and football. “In Spain, they don’t really have time to study because they are all adults, out of school, so it’s a little bit harder to get a part-time job but when I come back it’s very difficult to start over. when it’s a bit stressful, it’s up to me.
“I’ve got a routine now, once you get into the habit it’s easy, when other things start to come to me it becomes difficult, I have to balance that but it’s okay,” She added.
Abbie Larkin was speaking during the launch of this year’s Aviva Soccer Sisters’ Resurrection Camp. The three-day camp, open to all girls aged 6-14, will begin April 12. Registration for this year’s Aviva Soccer Sisters Resurrection Camp will open at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21. and can be accessed via www.aviva.ie/soc Canceristers. For more information and updates on this year’s Camp, follow Aviva Ireland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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