BT Sport Ultimate Goal star Ella Pemberton has talked about her 'unforgettable' experience.

The Cuddington 21-year-old took part in season two of a show that puts 26 women from across the world together, to will live and train as professional footballers at the Ultimate Goal Academy.

Ella's route into the game included playing for Cuddington from age six to nine, spending two years at Crewe Alexandra Girls Academy before moving to Stoke City where she played for five years with the Potters.

Having left Stoke earlier this year, the opportunity of being a part of season two was an opportunity she did not want to miss out on.

“After seeing the adverts online, it was an experience I was interested in," she said.

"I saw one of the main coaches was Rachel Brown-Finnis. She coached me when I was younger and it massively developed me as a player. After speaking to her, it gave me the confidence to apply and within a week I was going to London.”

Arriving in the capital provided Ella with an unusual situation, living with her new competition.

“I didn’t know how it would be living with everyone, but as soon as I got there all of the girls were friendly and everyone had each other’s backs and looked out for each other,” she said.

The experience consisted of 10 days' high intensity training, with an 11-a-side game at the end of each day and a masterclass session from a special guest in between.

“At the start I was struggling, having not played football for 18 months due to Covid, but as the days went on I got better and enjoyed the competition more," she said.

"To experience the masterclass from Joe Cole was incredible. It was one of my highlights.”

Unfortunately, with the cut off just a day away where the managers had to whittle the 26 girls down to 16, Ella received the heart-breaking news that she had torn her quad and would not be able to continue in the competition.

She said: “I was gutted that the show ended the way it did. It was an unforgettable experience. I am grateful to have had the opportunity.”

Following the end of the competition, Ella has turned her focus to achieving her PE teaching degree at Edge Hill University, while coaching and captaining the university team and playing for Liverpool Feds in tier three of women’s football.