Ainhoa Tirapu is far from the pitch, her natural habitat, but the confinement forced by the coronavirus crisis does not take the smile off the goalkeeper. ‘Honestly, I thought I was going to take it badly, and I’m doing quite well. I’m getting worse and worse about going out, because when you’ve been indoors for a long time, you know there’s a virus out there and you’re kind of worried when you go shopping alone. The day we get back on the street, it’s going to be weird. I’m well organized, I’m entertained. I talk more with my family than before, I’ve rediscovered reading and I’m happy with what I’m doing; I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time,’ explains the player from Navarre.
The first ladies team do train six days a week at 12:00 noon online. An idea suggested by the physical trainer, Javier Aguado , something that according to Ainhoa , makes the indoor sessions more enjoyable: ‘It’s much better when we train all together. When you are a team player, training alone is very hard. In this way we are all together and we keep up the good feeling and it is much easier for us’.
In her case, being a goalkeeper, she tries not to lose the handball contact and recognizes that she is practicing handball on her walls during this confinement from which she hopes ‘we can all draw conclusions’. The captain of Athletic Club remembers NOW with nostalgia how great the last League championship achieved in the 2015/16 tasted and also reviews her hobbies on match days, her best moments as a football player..
With the uncertainty of the current moment, the red-and-white ‘is looking forward to competing again’ and is proud to have taken an active part in achieving an agreement for women’s football that will protect the players way better.
The greatest moments of the 2019-20 season
We take a look back at some of the greatest moments and goals of a season interrupted when the side were displaying their best performance
Eli Ibarra, a queen in the history of the Red and Whites
The historic ex-lioness, who has turned 39 today, keeps the crown in the ranking of appearances in official matches, with 413
Marta Perea, lioness until June 2021
The midfielder from Galdakao will try to make up for a season that was hindered by her ankle injury
Jone Ibáñez signs for another season
The midfielder from Galdakao, who suffered a severe injury the previous season, has extended her contract until June 2021
Andere Leguina renews her contract until 2021
The goalkeeper from Getxo will be playing her thirteenth season in the red-and-white club where she arrived at the age of 14
Champions: the future lions take up the challenge
Women subsidiary team ends up in the first position, holding the competitive pulse and providing the first team with players
The season was halted in their best moment
The lionesses finished fifth in the table with only one match standing between them and the Copa de la Reina final
Ainhoa Álvarez says goodbye to football
The defensive player from Galdakao has decided to put an end to her career as a footballer and embark on a new professional adventure
Ainhoa Tirapu will be training our young goalkeepers
After 15 seasons in Primera, the goalkeeper from Navarra will join the technical staff of the Club’s youth categories
Organizational structure of the women’s teams for next season
There will not be any changes of management at the helm of our women’s sides for the following 2020-21 campaign