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Getting To Know: Grace Horrell-Thomas

As the world is going into self isolation, we carry on our 'Getting To Know' series by speaking in-depth and exclusively to one of our new clients, Grace Horrell-Thomas.


Grace, 18, has recently returned back to Cardiff City after being called up to the senior Wales international squad for their recent camp.


Playing for Wales is something that is clearly important to Grace and we could see that as soon as we started to ask her about her international experiences. "I really struggle with these questions because it's something that I can't talk about without getting emotional. Representing Wales is the most incredible experience. I had my first call up at 15 and made my debut at 17. I had to prove I was ready, it's not just something that's handed to you. Wearing the jersey...singing the anthem...stepping on that pitch...I still have to pinch myself because it's like I'm in a dream. I've got so much passion for my country and I'm grateful everyday for the opportunity to wear the badge on my chest." Grace told us.


Even when Grace isn't playing or training she's still highly absorbed within football, she goes on to tell us "My life away from football is pretty boring because my life revolves around it. If I'm not the one kicking the ball then I'm definitely the one watching it get kicked around by someone else, whether that's the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League etc, I also really enjoy watching German football, so the Bundesliga is a good watch"


Grace only recently signed with NGS in February this year. Upon signing, Reece Land, Managing Director of Next Gen Sport Solutions quoted "Grace has everything required to be a top professional. I've got no doubts that she'll be a senior international for many years and we're excited to be on this journey with her. For us, it's about pushing Grace and making sure that she get's the most out of her career. As a player she brings a lot to the table, physically she's outstanding for 18 years old and uses her body extremely well, but more importantly the attitude to succeed is second to none, she lives and breathes football."


We asked Grace some quick fire questions:


Q) What's the 2 things you can't live without?

A) One has to be football and the other would probably be love. I love my friends, I love my family...I love love!


Q) Who're your closest friends in football?

A) Tamsyn Sibanda - I met her a few years ago when she had her first call up for the u17's. We clicked straight away and have been so close since. We've been fortunate enough to travel the world with each other through football. I appreciate her more than anything, she's fantastic.


Q) What 2 songs are you listening to at the minute?

A) Probably going to have to say any NF songs, I listen to him everyday and I've even got some of his lyrics tattooed on my arm. My personal favourites are probably 'Change' and 'I Miss The Days'


Q) Dream holiday destination?

A) I've got a bunch of family in Florida, I'd take their company over any fancy holiday.


Q) When you go to a coffee shop, what's your order?

A) I actually used to work in a coffee shop so it wouldn't surprise me if I drooled in every breakfast burrito that I served, they're the best haha! I only really drink water as well, so that's what I would have.


Q) If you could invite 3 celebrities to your house for dinner, who would they be and why?

A) 1000% I'd invite Peter Crouch - His podcast is incredible and he's so down to earth.

Karl Pilkington - He would keep me laughing for hours, he'd be a great dinner guest.

Ricky Gervais - His outlook on life plus I know he would have that chemistry with Karl which I would die to see in person.


Q) If you could change 1 thing about women's football, what would it be?

A) I would change the way its perceived. I understand it's not everyones cup of tea but that doesn't mean you should hate on it. I'm not the biggest fan of One Direction but I don't go and comment on their posts etc.


Q) Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?

A) On a game day, I have to shower as soon as I wake up and I have to wear a baggy match top. When I first started playing football my match day shirt was about 39 sizes too big for me, and ever since I've stuck with a baggy shirt. If I have a top that fits me, I will have a terrible game. It sounds crazy but its true. I guess it's just one of those things.





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