Here she talks about why she joined the newly-formed council, and how she is keeping busy during the football shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
How has the pandemic affected your normal life?
I am at my home in Manchester. I try to look at the positive side of things. Normally I don’t get the opportunity to spend time here during the season. It’s given me time to do things I wouldn’t normally have time for: I’ve painted the fence, painted the spare room, I’ve put up shelves. I speak by Skype to my closest family who are in Sheffield – my mum and dad, and my brother’s family.
How do you stay fit?
I have a 9 m2 piece of Astro-Turf in the garden, and a knee-high tennis net and teqball, which is like ping-pong with a football. I spend about one hour or so on football technique in the garden, then I do weights and 45 minutes on the watt bike. I ordered the bike just before the lockdown. I have made a gym in the spare room. I am probably doing more than when I’m training normally. I’m still motivated. I quite enjoy pushing myself even when I don’t have an end goal.
Are you in contact with your teammates?
We have a week by week training instructions from Lyon and England, and I’m on group chats with both of them. My phone is constantly pinging with updates. Dawn Scott, the England head of sports science, has been asking for the best recipe for fruit smoothies. It’s giving us something to focus on. We look at different proteins, ideas to boost our immune systems.