Young Sheffield soccer star signs up as patron for Sheffield Children's Hospital charity

Esme Morgan has the world at her feet. At only 19 years of age, she has already captained her country, earned a move to Manchester City and is playing regularly in the FA Women’s Super League.

Sunday, 24th May 2020, 8:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 2:53 pm

“I came from a normal family. My love of football started in the back garden with my brother and dad,” said Esme, who grew up in Ecclesall.

“For as long as I can remember, I know all I’ve wanted to be is a footballer, but I only recognised it could be possible in the women’s game over the past few years.”

Two childhood injuries would temporarily put that dream in doubt, however, as Esme broke first her foot and then her collarbone playing sport at school.

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Esme Morgan playing for England (credit: UEFA).

Esme was given expert care after both injuries at Sheffield Children’s Hospitals, so when the opportunity came along to support The Children’s Hospital Charity as a patron, she quickly signed up.

She said: “It’s probably no surprise that my biggest worry was not being able to play football, but I remember how kind and caring the staff were and how they looked after me.

“They were so reassuring in telling me I would be back to playing soon, it would heal, and I would be able to play with my friends again. I’m the kind of person who asks lots of questions even when I was younger, and I’ll never forget how patient and clear the staff were in giving me advice.”

Esme has gone on to enjoy a hugely impressive start to her career, making 10 appearances for Manchester City last season as they won the WSL Cup and FA Women’s Cup. She joined Everton on loan for the 19/20 season and has so far made 15 appearances.

Esme Morgan aged 10.

Esme has also represented her country in several age groups, including captaining England U19s at the UEFA European Championships in Scotland.

“It’s a huge honour to be able to captain your country, to sing the national anthem with your teammates and see your family watching on in the stands. I get goose-bumps every time, it’s an amazing feeling. But an important part of any leadership role is looking out for others and helping to make sure they’re okay.

“That’s why helping Sheffield Children’s is really close to home for me. I’ve received the benefits of their care myself and I care a lot about making sure as many as possible have the great experience I did. I know how lucky I am to live my dream and do my hobby as a job. The least I can do is help others fulfil their goals.”

Esme will support The Children’s Hospital Charity’s upcoming fundraising efforts to transform the facilities at Sheffield Children’s Hospital through their Building a Better Future appeal. It aims to raise £14.25m to build a new Emergency Department, on-site Helipad and transform the Cancer and Leukaemia ward.

Esme Morgan playing for Man City (photo: Tom Flathers / MCFC).

If you would like to make a donation to support the patients and staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital at this unprecedented time, text SHEFFCHILDRENS to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus your standard message rate.

Esme warming up for England (photo: The FA).
Esme Morgan on a Man City trophy parade (photo: Tom Flathers / MCFC).