In her first season in senior club football, Freya Bools has made a impressive impact.

Freya (17), was named the ILT Football Southland female youth player of the year at the ILT Southland Sports Awards last week.

“I didn’t really expect to win the award – I was just really happy to be nominated,” she said.

Freya played junior football before moving into the big league this year, but adjusted well.

“It’s been a step up, the intensity of game is higher and it’s a lot more tactical,” she said.

Traditionally a midfield player, she took on the role of striker mid-way through the season.

“I think I was attacking too much in the midfield, I’m too eager, so I got shifted forward.”

Striker was now her preferred position.

She had previously played for the Gore Wanderers Football Club, but made the shift to Wyndham Town club this season for one main reason – the coach, Carl Lambert.

“I’d been coached before by Carl. I really like the way he coaches,” she said.

“He covers all aspects of the game, he’s very clear in what he wants and he’s really smart when it comes to the game.”

Lambert, who was named ILT coach of the year, was rapt for Freya’s development in the sport to be recognised through the award.

“It’s a good incentive for her to continue keep going and improving her game – she’s a great player.”

‘She’s taken on every challenge, she’s not afraid to take players on and she’s adaptable – she filled the gap well when she moved into striker.

Freya’s nomination for the award came from other teams in the club competitions, Lambert said.

“Football Southland asks other teams to nominate people outside of the team they coach for the award – that’s how Freya was chosen, so it’s a good recognition for her by others of the talented player she is.”buy footwearSneakers