OM Grace Rapp shares her experience of playing professional women’s football

For the last year and a half, OM Grace Rapp (2011-2013; Overleigh), has been living an hour outside of Paris and playing professional football for the French Féminine Division 1, with her team Stade de Reims. We asked Grace about her time at Millfield and what inspired her to pursue this goal.

Grace joined Millfield in 2011, keen to participate in the sportier side of the school. Although, at the time, girl’s football was not offered, Grace enjoyed playing for the hockey team where she met many of her close friends. As well as this, she enjoyed Drama and Art, particularly film-making and performing.

When we asked Grace about her favourite memory of Millfield, she said she always enjoyed the house competitions and the house song, as well as the annual balls!

After leaving Millfield in 2013, Grace went on to University in Florida where she studied Film-Making Production and Music Business at the University of Miami. America also offered more opportunities in football scholarships and Grace enjoyed being able to play whilst obtaining her degree. She says that, “It was always a dream of mine to play football at an American college!”

After leaving University, Grace decided to continue playing football in Europe. She got her first professional contract in Iceland where she played for a season and a half, and won the Icelandic cup with her team, Selfoss. In between seasons in Iceland, she trained with Tottenham and lived and worked in London.

Grace then received an offer to play professionally in France, and she has been with her current team, Stade de Reims, for the last year and a half.

We asked Grace what advice she would give to students currently at Millfield, and she highlighted the importance to “recognise your own voice and who you are as an individual. Don’t be afraid to explore interests outside the norm of your own realm - discover what makes you thrive. The great thing about Millfield is that it has wonderful opportunities, not just in sport, to discover what you like, so try everything and dive into things that scare you a little bit (they are usually the most fulfilling)!”

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