IN a new series, we get to know the journeys our QPR FC Women stars have taken to get to this stage of their careers with the R’s.
Midfielder Laura Hennessy arrived at QPR in 2010 at the tender of age of 13 and has risen through the development ranks, before eventually becoming part of the first team picture.
Despite juggling university and her playing career, the 22-year-old has become a vital part of this year’s table topping side, but it hasn’t been plain sailing for the midfielder.
“It’s not as easy as it may sound, but I love balancing both and wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Favourite Position: Central midfield
Best quality: I’m a very optimistic person
Sum yourself up in 5 words: Quick-whited, Ambitious, Determined, Active and approachable
Favourite type of music: Drake
Role Model: Despite playing for QPR Frank Lampard is a huge role model of mine. He is a person I hugely aspire to be like. Not only was he a great player, he is also a natural leader and seeing him as a manager magnifies his influence on people around him as well as his large passion and dedication to the sport.
Like many, Laura Hennessy has been playing the sport she loves since the age of six, where she would always be seen kicking a ball around the playground with her classmates. But if it wasn’t for her mother none of it would’ve been possible.
“She always took me to my games; her whole Saturday and Sunday evenings were spent watching me play football. From a young age, I have been committed to football, but without her it wouldn’t have been possible.”
After signing for the R’s development programme in 2010, the midfielder has played for every side all the way through to the first team and after spending the majority of her career in west London, she has a huge love for the club.
“It’s a family club, from top to bottom, everyone knows everyone and that is fantastic to be a part of.
“The people I have met whilst I have been here are amazing and is hard to find that at any other club.”
Despite a spell away from W12 with Oxford United Ladies last season, Hennessy returned to join Steve Quashie’s new set-up in the summer and the new side has gone from strength to strength.
“Last year I had a spell at Oxford United while studying at Oxford University, however I returned in July for what has become the most enjoyable season yet in my career.
“QPR are fantastic, we have been so involved with the club this season and that has only increased my enjoyment. We now have a fantastic connection with the men’s team and we have got to know them through the amazing community events which the Trust host and this relationship will only increase over time, the club is in a very good place and I am privileged to be a part of it.”
When on the field, the R’s have only suffered defeat once in the league this season and Hennessy has played both an attacking and defensive role in Quashie’s impressive side and the 22-year-old is excited with the current team.
“The side is currently full of very young talented players, who are technically fantastic. Once we get experience as a side, we will only improve and the leadership and support of the older players on the pitch can be key to our success.”
Like many female footballers down the lower tiers of English football, Hennessy has had a variety of jobs to help support her playing career.
“Before I went to university I was a personal trainer for two years, this has helped me become a big gym goer, but since going to university I am training to become a quantity surveyor, which takes up a lot of my time, but football will always be my passion.”