Making A Difference - Part 9

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The climax of an unbelievable year in sport ended last night with the celebrations at The BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY). So many highlights, and stories of achievements by individuals, teams, coaches and volunteers alike. One of the lasting memories was the reciting of Edgar Guest’s ‘It Couldn’t Be Done’ which is inspiring and so apt to the challenges faced in sport whether you are an athlete, volunteer, coach or administrator!

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
  But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
  Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
  On his face.  If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
  That couldn't be done, and he did it.

 Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
  At least no one ever has done it"
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
  And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
  Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
  That couldn't be done, and he did it.

 There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
  There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
  The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
  Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
  That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

One Nottinghamshire Young Leader is celebrating the end to her year with some great news of her own!

 Amber Wildgust (19) from Arnold has been selected by The FA as one of only four young leaders nationally to be part of The FA’s ‘Changing Lives’ project.  The four leaders will fly to Rwanda in February 2013.

 Steve Swallow, The FA’s Education Project Officer, leads the project nationally and announced Amber’s inclusion “Amber has been selected due to her outstanding contributions through the Football Futures programme over a number of years.”

 Amber was shocked, but delighted at her selection “After attending the National Football Futures Camp back in 2011, it was a massive surprise when Steve rang me this week to invite me onto the Changing Lives project in Rwanda in February 2013. During the phone call, he said I had been selected for my continued dedication and outstanding contribution to the football futures programme. 

 I’ve known about the Changing Lives project for a while now, ever since Emily Simpkins who I played with at Forest Ladies went a few years ago, and since hearing about the programme I have always dreamt of being part of it.

I feel the trip will be a massive challenge, however one which I am really looking forward to. I cannot wait to coach out in Rwanda as it is something I’ve never done before and it will give me masses of experience, not to mention working alongside the national staff as part of such a prestigious project. It definitely is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ which I am very honoured to be a part of so I would like to take the chance to thank once again Craig Lee, Steve Stennett and Steve Pritchard who started me on this coaching journey and have played a part in my development as a young leader."

Craig Lee, Nottinghamshire FA Football Development Officer, endorsed Amber’s selection to the project “Having been a member of staff at The FA’s Football Futures Camp in 2011 it was clear that Amber was a talented young leader, not only as an aspiring young coach, but as an overall leader.

In 2012 she has clearly shown her potential and continues to develop. The FA selected her for a second year as an FA Coaching Scholar, and she was involved in the development and delivery team for The Nottinghamshire FA 2011-12 Awards evening playing a major role both in its planning, and execution on the night itself.

She truly deserves this opportunity, we at The Nottinghamshire FA are really proud of her and we wish her well in Rwanda!”.

One thing is for sure Amber has a bright future infront of her, who knows what the future might hold, last night BBC SPOTY Coach of the Year was Dave Brailsford, in a few more years time could it be Amber? It might sound farfetched but refer back to the Edgar Guest's 'It Couldn't Be Done' poem above - anything is possible!

Amber sights Emily Simpkins as someone who she looked up to at the time when Emily was a young leader herself.  Emily attended The FA Football Futures Camp back in 2007 and now is employed by The FA as an FA/Tesco Skills Coach in Staffordshire, attached is Emily’s Journey from a news feature back in 2011!

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