Rosie was the first player to sign for West Ham Women on a pro contract.

Rosie was the first player to sign for West Ham Women on a pro contract.

Rosie realised a dream when she made it to Wembley to play in the 2019 FA Cup Final

Rosie realised a dream when she made it to Wembley to play in the 2019 FA Cup Final

PRO:DIRECT ACADEMY'S ROSIE KMITA IN THE FA WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE

Pro:Direct Academy's Head of Girls has become an inspiration for our players especially our girls after becoming the first player to agree professional terms with West Ham United Women. She has completed a season in the FA Women's Super League, the top tier in the UK. 

Playing as a dynamic winger, she had spells as Captain for the East London side in 17/18. She agreed a contract with the Hammers after helping them lift the Women's Cup and the FA WPL Plate.

"To be able to call myself a professional footballer is what dreams are made of," Kmita told West Ham TV. "It’s the absolute top of the list. It’s unbelievable. Growing up, when you’re playing, to play at the highest level possible and go professional is something that you always thought could only be a hobby. It’s something you can only dream of!"

ROSIE HELPS WEST HAM TO THE 2019 FA CUP FINAL!
Rosie played her part in an emotional Women's FA Cup Semi-Final where her team beat Reading on penalties. That set up an historic first FA Cup Final for West Ham Women, where they took on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. Rosie managed to feature for the Hammers on the hallowed turf and despite a defeat it was an amazing achievement and unforgettable experience. 

Click to see the FA Cup Semi-Final Highlights 

 

Rosie signs for West Ham (top), Head of Girls at PDA (left), celebrations on winning the FA Cup Semi-Final (right)

Rosie signs for West Ham (top), Head of Girls at PDA (left), celebrations on winning the FA Cup Semi-Final (right)

CLAIRE RAFFERTY - ENGLAND LIONESS AND PRO:DIRECT ACADEMY AMBASSADOR!
Former England International Claire Rafferty was Chelsea’s longest-serving player and a hugely experienced defender having played at the World Cup and Olympic Games. She represented England since Under-15s level, making her senior debut against Austria in March 2010. In 2011 she was named in the World Cup squad where she made her World Cup debut in the quarter-final penalty-shootout defeat to France. In 2015 she was the first-choice left back in the England side which won Bronze at the World Cup in Canada.

An inspiration to aspiring players, Claire has an economics degree from Loughborough University, and has held down a job as a financial analyst for Deutsche Bank since 2012 alongside her playing career. She has appeared on BT Sport, Sky Sports News, TRT World, BBC 5Live and Yahoo Sports. Recently retiring from the FA WSL, playing at West Ham Women, she mentors Rosie and our team in her role at Pro:Direct as an official Ambassador, check out the clip below: