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Iona has played football for Northampton Town Girls and Ladies and for past 4 years and converted to a full-time goalkeeper at the start of this season. As well as training with the Cobblers twice a week, she also attends weekly specialised training with a company called GK ICONs - who run national goalkeeper schools which are led by Professional keepers and coaching staff.

Each year, GK ICONs invite a group of 20 of their most talented keepers to attend a 3-day training camp - and this year Iona was one of only three girls to be selected for a trip to Holland to be coached by ex-Premier League Goalkeeper Hans Siegers (Wimbledon, Spurs and Nottingham Forest).

The trip included travelling to PSV Eindhoven and Ajax on the official England FA bus, where she had 3 days of intensive technical training with Hans Siegers and the current Arsenal Ladies Goalkeeper coach, and also attended strength, conditioning and nutritional sessions with PSV Eindhoven coaching staff.

The trip included separate Q&A sessions with Eredivisie (Dutch Premier League) Goalkeepers Benjamin Van Leer from Ajax and Nigel Bertrams from NAC Breda, and she also had a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ajax arena in Amsterdam. On the final day of the trip, the ‘keepers got to watch NAC Breda v. Heerenveen in a Dutch league game, where the home team won 3-0 (Nigel Bertrams made a string of outstanding saves to keep them in the game).

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