Thompson hails Chelsea title triumph
Kenni Thompson capped a memorable first season with Chelsea Ladies after securing a league championship medal with the club's reserve team.
The daughter of Kenny Thompson, the former Bermuda coach and midfielder, played an integral role in her team's title success, scoring four goals in 12 appearances, including two against defending champions Arsenal.
“It's been a really good year and the experiences I've had through the season have definitely been memorable and helpful with my development,” Thompson said.
“Chelsea is a really big club that always aims to win trophies from academy level to the first team for the boys and girls.”
Thompson and her team-mates clinched the championship with a game to spare courtesy of a 4-1 home win over Watford and received their medals during a special ceremony held at half-time during Chelsea Ladies first team's 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal on Wednesday.
“It feels really good to win the league in my first season with Chelsea,” Thompson added. “The dedication put in from all of the players and staff this year has been exceptional and I'm happy to be a part of such a hard-working team.
“Also, knowing that the league had been dominated by Arsenal for over five years makes winning the league even more special.
“To have been able to defeat a very good Arsenal team twice and still have the attitude to play the next games with the same focus showed that we deserved to win the league.”
The 16-year-old forward made her Chelsea debut against Bristol City and opened her scoring account against Arsenal.
Thompson spent four years in Spain where she had stints with Barcelona, UE Cornellà and Saint Gabriel before joining Chelsea last year.
During her time in Spain she helped Barcelona's Under-16 girls team to the Spanish Championship title and earned an invitation to participate in regional trials for the Spain Under-16 girls team.
Chelsea Ladies FC were established in 1992 and in 2015 won the double, becoming champions of the FA Women's Super League for the first time and winning the FA Women's Cup at Wembley Stadium.