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Steph Ends Illustrious Football Career To Excel As A Teacher

posted Jun 19, 2017, 2:11 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 2:11 AM ]

Steph Ends Illustrious Football Career To Excel As A Teacher. A leading ladies sportswoman has called time on her career in top flight football to concentrate her efforts as a PE teacher in a Middlesbrough academy. 

Stephanie Bannon gained a sports science degree before jumping at the chance to become a PE teacher at Unity City Academy. She has enjoyed a 15 year association with the Lady Black Cats (Sunderland Ladies) as a defender. Her most enduring memories have included an FA Cup Final appearance in 2009 where she suffered the agony of a last minute Arsenal winning goal when her team was in the second flight. 

Then in 2014 she captained her side to a place in the Women's Super League and in this, her final season, Sunderland Ladies gained a highly creditable fifth place just below the big three clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City, and long time leaders Liverpool. 

Steph told BBC Look North: "I chose to become a teacher because I love it, I love teaching the kids. I've had a great career in football and now it's time for me to excel at being a teacher. "