Born in Portsmouth Nicola’s family moved to Lincolnshire for her primary and secondary school years, it was here as a teenager she became aware of her sexual orientation. “I was aware that I fancied the same sex at an early age but was confused and didn’t express this fully till I was 16.”
Football is only one of Nicola’s skills her full time job is that of a fire-fighter.
Nicola says :
I came out before starting work but all my colleagues have been fantastic with it. Some have seen it as a negative and say I am a tick in the box but I don’t really care for attitudes like that so I ignore it or report it if it’s offensive.
“At the ‘Belles’ all my team mates are amazing with it as they are friends and I am who I am, just like they are, and I wouldn’t change any of them.”
Nicola had this to say about becoming a figurehead for the campaign organisation. “It’s a massive privilege to be a patron to JBG? it is a very important cause and support mechanism that could change people’s lives. It’s an honour to have been asked.”