It may have been a tough season for Yeovil Town ladies both on and off the pitch but one of the bright spots has been the form of midfielder Ellie Mason who completed her first season as a full time professional player amassing 26 appearances and becoming the clubs highest goal scorer during the campaign.
Ellie like many girls her age started her footballing journey playing for her local boy’s team before moving on the Watford Ladies. Here her talent shone through and it wasn’t long before she got picked up by Chelsea, one of the leading teams in the FAWSL. This was a both a successful and happy time for Ellis as she recalls when she spoke to Sports International Magazine “The whole set up at Chelsea was really good, we won the FAWSL development league and the FA Youth cup which is something I will always remember” before going on to say,“I trained with the first team a few times and playing against the likes of Enola Aluko and Drew Spence and as a 16 year old it was a great experience and something I will never forget. I learnt so much training alongside them”
After leaving Chelsea Ellie spent time playing for Millwall in FAWSL 2 before joining Yeovil and becoming a full time professional player with Yeovil Town in the top division of the English game. “It’s the most amazing thing to do as a football player is to go full time, it’s the dream. It was a tough season but the results don’t really tell you about the performances”, says Ellis looking back on the 18/19 season. There was however high points for the Glovers notably doing the double over Everton and a draw against Brighton also stands out. “We knew the games against the likes of Man City, Arsenal etc were going to be tough games but as the season went on we bonded together and got a lot stronger”.
One of the biggest challenges facing Ellie and other players making the jump from the second tier to the first is the demands of full time football. So how did Ellis find the transition? “Mentally and physically it’s a big change and I found it tough at first. Going from training 3 times a week in the evening to training 5 or 6 times a week is a massive change but as it goes on everybody gets through it together. Training full times helps you so much as a player and when you are playing against the top players it really focuses you and you learn from them”.
Over the last few years it has become vital that players receive support in their careers to help guide them along and Ellis puts a lot of her success down to the support she receives from Next Gen Sports Solutions. “It’s a real help to me not just on the football side but helping me mentally. It’s really helpful to have somebody you can talk to away from the pitch that helps you along”, she explained to us. “They have been amazing to me really and I cannot thank them enough”
So what’s next for Ellie who grew up idolising the likes of Kelly Smith and David Beckham? Like everybody I want to make it to international level and I really want to continue being a full time footballer and keep doing what I am doing. I love doing it and it makes me so happy”.
We at Sports International magazine have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more of Ellie Mason in the upcoming years and we greatly appreciate her taking the time to talk with us.