Rachel Brown: England icon talks Season Two of BT Sport’s Ultimate Goal

SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 11: Rachel Brown of England in action during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 Group A match between Japan and England at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium on September 11, 2007 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

BT Sport’s hit football TV show Ultimate Goal is back for a second season. Former England international Rachel Brown is delighted to offer such a great opportunity to players once again.

There is no other show or opportunity in the world for aspiring young players. Ultimate Goal provides a platform for girls and young women as they live and learn how to be professional footballers.

The players will be handed advice by star coaches on the show. Brown, Eni Aluko, and Rosie and Molly Kmita, who all have experience of playing at high level, are on hand.

Season two is on track to completely blow the debut instalment out of the water in terms of talent. Brown believes the players are going to show what they’re about to the world.

“The level of talent this season has ramped up massively,” she told Her Football Hub. “All the girls who watched the show last year were impressed with the format of it and wanted to be a part of it this year. It’s kind of working in that we’re getting really good quality players on the pitch in order to showcase in that final match.”

Ultimate Goal back with a bang

Despite the women’s game growing globally, there are still limited opportunities for players who have missed out on the chance to turn professional. As a result, Brown is hopeful of pricing this step which could catapult some of them into stardom.

Brown added: “We’ve got girls who couldn’t get into the football pyramid, as they maybe didn’t have access to transport to get to RTCs or to academies. Girls who didn’t have necessarily the financial resources or capabilities or the backing from their parents or, for whatever reason, just weren’t able to kind of make that step up to elite level.

“We’ve got girls from different countries who just simply, don’t have the level of women’s football or the quality of women’s football [in their country]. And they’re potentially the best player in their country — a lot of them are playing international football.

“But still, when they come here, they want to try and better themselves. They want a chance at showcasing their talent in England.”

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows within women’s football. Brown hopes this season of Ultimate Goal can showcase how difficult it is to live and breathe football. Additionally, it will show what players have to go through just to get a chance at the top flight.

Players willing to give their all

Brown also spoke about how she hopes the programme truly reflects what the contestants have put themselves through.

“I think it’s always good to show the reality of what a footballer does. There’s no hiding away from there being a contrast between women’s football and men’s football with regards to profile.

“But at the elite level of women’s football it’s exactly the same with regards to training demands as elite level men’s football. That’s been a brilliant aspect of being at St George’s Park — we’ve been surrounded by elite footballers on a daily basis.”

It’s certainly going to be a huge season for both the players and Ultimate Goal this year. This season, we could well see the next WSL star in the making.

Ultimate Goal series two premieres on BT Sport 3 on Tuesday 2nd November at 10.15 pm, with episodes airing over the next five weeks on Tuesdays on BT Sport. All six episodes from series two will be available to watch via the BT Sport App from Wednesday 3rd November.

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