Leicester City Women Football Club

Mackenzie Smith selected for Under-14’s National Performance Camp

Leicester City Women Development Centre’s Mackenzie Smith has been selected for the FA’s Under-14’s National Performance Camp later this month, the first camp of the 2018/19 season.

  • Mackenzie plays for Leicester City Women’s Under-15’s as well as Desford Boys Under-14’s on a Sunday
  • LCWFC’s Under-15’s are managed by First Team Captain Holly Morgan and Lekeisha Gumbs
  • The 14-year-old is the only player selected for the camp not to come from a Regional Talent Centre

Leicester City Women’s Under-15’s midfielder Mackenzie Smith has been selected for the FA’s Under-14’s National Performance Camp due to take place later this month.

Selection for the camp is by recommendation either from an RTC or an FA Talent ID Reporter, with Mackenzie the only selection from a grassroots pathway.

The residential camps are held five times a year throughout the season with this, the first camp of the 2018/19 season. The camps are ran to support Under-14’s identified as having ‘international’ potential.

Speaking to LCWFC, Mackenzie Smith said: “It was a fabulous surprise to be selected, I’m really excited. The girls are all great players, so it encourages everyone to step up and do their best. I enjoy just training and learning at the England camps. I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”

I love playing for Leicester City Women’s Development Centre on a Saturday and for Desford Boys on a Sunday. It’s helped me develop different skill sets. My teams are both top class and the coaching staff are all highly qualified.” 

Leicester City Women Under-15’s Manager, Holly Morgan said: “Mackenzie is truly deserving of her selection into the next National Performance Camp. With an abundance of talent and an unwavering attitude to learn and develop, I have no doubt that Mack will excel at this level.  

“All at Leicester City Women are extremely proud of her.”

England Youth teams start from Under-15’s through to Under-20’s with the National Performance Camp at Under-14 level an opportunity to train and play amongst high level players from around the country, with guidance and support from FA technical staff.

Mackenzie Smith with her Under-15’s Coaches; Lekeisha Gumbs and Holly Morgan