Ocean begins journey with York City

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Hot-shot Ocean Garcia has been snapped up by York City after an impressive first season.

The striker had not played for a team until a new under 12s side, Flamborough Tigers, was established last summer.

But after scoring 21 goals in her debut season, her talents have seen her snapped up by the National League club’s academy.

Dad Marcos said: “It’s a special moment for her and for me as a proud father.

“She’s really happy but is quite grounded. She knows it is a great opportunity but there is a lot of work still to be done.

“A lot of credit must go to Flamborough Tigers manager Alan Stadler, who has been there every week, in rain ,sleet and snow, often by himself.”

The Bempton School pupil, who moves to Driffield School in September, impressed in earlier sessions and was offered a place before a planned final trial.

She will train twice a week at York and the academy team will play in local leagues, before taking on other academy sides at under 14 level.

Marcos said: “Clubs have been put into three tiers, and because of the facilities and the investment by York St John University, York is one of only 13 to be in the top tier, alongside Manchester United and Manchester City.

“It’s quite an achievement for the club.

“The standard of the girls at the trials was really high. There were some good teams in the East Riding Girls League but this was a step up.

“The current York girls squad were there and you could see the difference professional coaching had made.”

As well as being a promising footballer, Ocean is also a champion cross-country runner.