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Ispiring Women

Lionesses aren't the only ones inspiring the next generation!

First Name:  Beth Heath (NFA Youth Council Member)

Womens

What age did you get involved in football?

Aged seven I started to play football for a local team. I then began coaching aged 14, and completed my FA Level 1 at 16.

How did you find yourself getting involved in the game?

My family have always been involved in sport, but at an early age my parents took me to a football summer school where I discovered my love for the game.

What’s the best thing about being involved in football?

The best thing about being involved in football is meeting so many committed players and coaches. I have been involved in football for fourteen years and moved from playing, to coaching, to managing and now have a full-time job in the women’s game. The people I have met on my journey so far have influenced my next steps and inspired me to pursue my passion.

Who is your hero?

My hero while growing up was England women’s international Kelly Smith. She inspired me because she faced huge challenges in both her professional and personal life and came back to captain her country, playing at the top of her game.

What’s your best footballing memory (playing, coaching, refereeing, and watching)?

Winning the treble title with my first U16 team at Nottingham Forest – we had come together from a number of different clubs and managed to create something really special. It was the first time I realised the difference an inspiring coach could make to a team.

What would you say to females looking to get involved in the game?

Absolutely do it! Whether you’re in the game for one year or ten, you will meet people that inspire your journey and gain values, commitment and passion that you will hold close for life.

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First Name: Alena

What age did you get involved in football?  7

AlenaHow did you find yourself getting involved in the game?

I kind of fell into coaching when I was at university, I had done my coaching badges whilst at sixth form and needed some form of income. So, I went to work at Derby County’s Community Trust, it was from there that I went to was asked to work in their Centre of Excellence. I would probably say I was at the right place at the right time. I was then asked to work Nottingham Forest Ladies first team and I haven’t looked back since, it has been a massive learning opportunity and I am truly thankful for it.

What’s the best thing about being involved in football?

I get to give back to the sport that I fell in love with at 7 years old. I have made lifelong friendships through football and it has taught me a lot of life lessons.

Who is your hero?

My coaching hero without a doubt has to be Jurgen Klopp the amount of passion he has for the game and his connection with his players is unreal. They all want to play for him and he is clearly an influential coach, who gets the best out of individuals.

What’s your best footballing memory (playing, coaching, refereeing, and watching)?

Being a Liverpool fan, I have to say Champions League Final 2005 against AC Milan. It showed that football really can be a game of two halves and you have to remain positive even when the odds are against you.

What would you say to females looking to get involved in the game?

Take every opportunity to be involved in some way, every club needs support and there are plenty who could do with an extra pair of hands. I’d also say try and give the game something that you wish you had when you played.