A TALENTED footballer who caught the eye of Leeds United whilst playing for Bedale Bluebirds has netted a vital sponsorship deal.

Jessica Johnson has demonstrated footballing abilities beyond her years and plays for the Bluebirds’ under-18 team even though she is just 15.

The youngster, from Bainbridge, is a pupil at Wensleydale School and Sixth Form in Leyburn and now has her sights set on playing for the national team after signing for Leeds United junior women’s team.

After hearing of her success, the Leyburn-based Biker Group stepped in to offer Jessica the sponsorship support needed to take her ambitions to the next level be covering the £250 cost of her fees for the season.

Jessica said: “I really enjoy playing football and may want to make a career of it in the professional women’s game.

"I would love to gain a sponsorship to the USA, where I could also study. The sponsorship from Biker Group has been so important and has been a huge boost.”