THE Wight Eagles Academy for girls will be welcoming a professional footballer from the women's game who hails from the Isle of Wight — Cherell Khassal.

Cherelle, who attended Cowes High School and went on to forge an incredible career, will be running a coaching session for youngsters at Queensgate Primary School sports field next Friday, August 5.

Cherelle, 31, a forward who got herself noticed by Arsenal Ladies' Football Club Academy when she was a teenager, has gone on to play club football at the likes of Benfica, Los Angeles Strikers, Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and Brighton, and international football for the Republic of Ireland.

The 31-year-old will also take a Q and A session from the players and Wight Eagles supporters afterwards. 

Isle of Wight County Press: Cherelle Khassal scoring for Pompey.Cherelle Khassal scoring for Pompey.

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Friday's two-hour event starts at 5pm. 

Wight Eagles coaches will also, in tandem with the event, be running training as normal as their teams get themselves prepared for the start of the coming football season.
The club's U11, U13 and U15 sides will play in the Hampshire League.

The Wight Eagles are seeking new players to join them, across all age groups.

Club coach, Dan Verstraeten, said; "We’re extremely proud the first woman pro footballer to visit the Island is at the Wight Eagles.

"For me it really shows our commitment and the legacy we are building for the future — and present — for women’s football on the Isle of Wight."

"We’re incredibly lucky to have this contact and, with our women’s national team making it to the final of Euro 22, this is a added bonus for all at the club."

Anyone interested in joining the academy should send an email to: