Ruby chosen for football School of Excellence

Ruby Horner
Ruby Horner

AN EMAIL provided the news footballer Ruby Horner had been waiting to hear.

The 12-year-old switched on her computer to find out she had been chosen to represent the North Yorkshire School of Excellence.

That means she will be travelling to York three times a week over the forthcoming season to meet up with the squad and playing matches as far north as Newcastle and as far south as Lincoln.

The school of excellence is based at York College and Ruby, who played for Flamborough last season, had to attend four weeks of trials to make the grade.

Eventually she was notified by email that she had been selected and mum Fiona said: “The girls at the trials were really, really good.

“She was waiting and waiting for this email to come and she kept clicking all day long.

“When it arrived, she said ‘I can’t open it’ because she was so nervous but when she did she was buzzing about it and we are all absolutely chuffed for her.”

Ruby needed to find a sponsor to help her with the cost of the season, and Richard Denton of Pure Shine Exterior Cleaning Services has agreed to help her out.

But there are still transport costs to be met by the family.

Any businesses wishing to help can call the Free Press sports desk on 607507.