Hollie Olding: "I was told I needed heart surgery and I’d never play football again"

20-years-old, in a foreign country, miles away from family and Hollie Olding was told she needed heart surgery and would never play football again!

Olding is now 22 and forms a key part of a Charlton defence that has helped Karen Hills’ side to three wins in their first four games in the FA Women’s Championship.

The centre half joined the Addicks this summer, as the club turned professional, and is the first person featured as part of CharltonTV’s brand new My Story series, which gives fans the opportunity to get to know the Addicks players. 

She talks through how she got into football, a traumatic misdiagnosis, playing for England at youth levels and her pride at being part of the club’s first ever professional women’s team.

Upcoming episodes in the My Story series include features on Sean Clare, Conor Washington, Jayden Stockley, Eartha Cumings, Rachel Newborough and more.

CharltonTV subscribers can get an exclusive first look at Olding’s episode which is available to watch in full below. To purchase a CharltonTV subscription, click here.

The full episode will be made available for everyone to watch on the club’s YouTube channel and CharltonTV at 4pm on Thursday.

Supporters can watch a small part of the interview here now.

The full interview is available below. 

Charlton women host Bristol City at The Oakwood in Crayford on Sunday. Buy in advance to get best value on your ticket. Click here to purchase your ticket now!

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