The debut episode of brand new BT Sport series Ultimate Goal will air this evening. The six-part programme will show the journey of 31 untapped female footballers as they fight to become Europe’s next big talent.
Spearheaded by managers Eniola Aluko and Jessica Brown-Finnis, the process will see the players live and train like professionals. The first episode will showcase skillsets as each individual fights to catch the eye of the two England legends.
Former players Mollie and Rosie Kmita will additionally aid Aluko and Brown-Finnis as they serve as head coaches.
“The Ultimate Goal Academy is effectively a second chance,” Chelsea and Juventus icon Aluko said. “When I look at my life, the journey to where I’ve got to has been a winding road, it’s not been linear. And I think that’s the same for many people in women’s football.”
The growth of the game is now certainly impossible to ignore. A record-breaking 1.12billion viewers worldwide watched the Women’s World Cup in 2019. More than 82million tuned into the final, which saw the USA lift their fourth trophy.
Similarly, the return of The Women’s Football Show brought in excess of a staggering two million viewers.
The demand for content is growing higher and as a result, more and more players are searching for their chance to break into the big leagues of women’s football.
Ultimate Goal strives to aid these women’s missions. As part of the series, sporting key figures including Faye White, Jill Scott, Peter Crouch and Robin van Persie will deliver masterclasses to help boost the players’ abilities.
Tonight’s episode will feature England legend and BT Sport analyst Rio Ferdinand. The ex-defender will impart his knowledge and defending expertise as the players focus on making their all-important first impressions.
You can watch the pilot episode of Ultimate Goal at 10.30pm GMT on BT Sport 3. The following five instalments will be shown every Tuesday across six weeks.