21 Aug 2015
MSc student scores West Ham deal
Loughborough MSc student Aditi Chauhan has this week added to India’s sporting history by signing for East London side West Ham United Ladies. The significance of this sees the Indian goalkeeper, coming from a country that doesn’t have a domestic league of its own, become only the second female from her country playing women’s football in England.
Social media has exploded over the past couple of days as the club posted the news, which was greeted with plenty of positive reactions from Indian fans. The excitement also caused the club to put the goalkeeper’s shirt on their online club store.
Chauhan is coming to the end of her studies for an MSc in Sports Management at Loughborough. Having played for the Women’s Football Club over the last year, she now turns her focus onto playing in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division.
The down to earth goalkeeper commented:
“I never really expected this kind of response, so slowly I’m taking it all in and how big it all is back in India. I didn’t realise it when I signed my contract, but I think there’s a lot of responsibility riding on me now.”
When asked about her time at Loughborough, the Indian number one added:
“Loughborough is the best sports university; I’ve had an absolutely amazing time here! There are loads of opportunities for students to get involved within various sports and there are so many great facilities available for student athletes to take advantage of.”
Chauhan had been initially training with the Women’s Super League 2 side, Millwall Lionesses, however was ineligible to play for the team due to league rules regarding student visas.
Meanwhile West Ham’s men’s team are due to move into the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 season, the same site as Loughborough University London, which Chauhan is a peer mentor for. Maybe one day we will have to opportunity to see the women’s side, featuring Aditi Chauhan, play there?