Rachel Jenkins
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2. Rachel Jenkins

Ardmore Rovers other full Irish International, Rachel Jenkins, as a 9 year old was football mad, her dad, Dave Jenkins, approached, the then U10 manager, Tony Pouch and asked if his football fanatical daughter could train with Tony's team. Tony agreed and after watching her in her first training session he couldn't get her signed quickly enough.

Rachel did so well that while playing for Ardmore she made the Wicklow Euro Tab team. When she reached 12 years old, she played for Lourdes Celtic's Girls team in the summer league where she made an immediate impact .

She played her last games for Ardmore Rovers at u13 level, as, unlike today, girls were not allowed to play with the boys above this age group. She made the move to the Dublin Ladies League where she won National Titles and was capped at all International levels up to Senior.

Having overcome a cruciate ligament injury, received during a World Students Games match in Korea, Rachel went on to win the National League and FAI Seniors Cup.

Ladies football is flourishing in Wicklow and throughout the country, Rachel Jenkins was one of the trail blazers who through her exploits helped to pave the way for all those hopeful young girls who came behind her, she is a fantastic role model for all the girls currently enjoying their football in Ardmore Rovers.