Arsenal winger and Republic of Ireland captain, Katie McCabe has become the first global athlete to sign a deal with women’s football brand, Miss Kick.

Katie McCabe Miss Kick
Katie McCabe Miss Kick

Miss Kick was founded in 2018 by Grace Vella, Miss Kick is billed as “a sports brand and community for her.​”

McCabe was voted Arsenal’s fans’ Player of the Season for 20/21 and this year she has continued her great form with four goals already, including Arsenal’s second against Manchester United at the weekend.

“I was really excited when I heard about the brand values and how passionate Grace is about Miss Kick,” McCabe said.

LEIGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Aoife Mannion of Manchester United brings down Katie McCabe of Arsenal to concede a penalty during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester United Women and Arsenal Women at Leigh Sports Village on November 21, 2021 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LEIGH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Aoife Mannion of Manchester United brings down Katie McCabe of Arsenal to concede a penalty during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Manchester United Women and Arsenal Women at Leigh Sports Village on November 21, 2021 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“I saw myself in it, especially with the inclusion of girls in football. When I was growing up there was never anything like this, you were wearing men’s clothes, men’s size shirts.

“So for Miss Kick and Grace to come in and establish themselves in the market is fantastic.

“I gave my younger sister some Miss Kick headbands recently and she absolutely loved them. ‘It gives girls in Ireland the chance to have that inclusion.

“Grace knows the difficulties we have as women in football at times and she gives young girls the chance to be a part of something. The work they do in the community is fantastic.

“I’m quite smug about it actually.

LEIGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Katie McCabe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester United Women and Arsenal Women at Leigh Sports Village on November 21, 2021 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LEIGH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Katie McCabe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Manchester United Women and Arsenal Women at Leigh Sports Village on November 21, 2021 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“When I initially met Grace I was so excited. The work they do at grassroots level and the work they will be doing in the future is fantastic. The brand values really replicate what I’m about so I’m really excited to be the first ambassador on board.

“Being a professional footballer and being in a team like Arsenal and representing the Republic of Ireland, you have a duty of care to young players.

“You need to be a role model in a sense and I think with Miss Kick it’s something different, it’s bold and that’s why I really wanted to be a part of it.”

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