Community Sport Leaders Case Studies

Farida - Community Sport Leader (Football)

Background 

An international student from Egypt who played football on top of her role as a Recreational Sport Intern and committee member for Queen Mary Women's Football Club.

Motivations 

As the Community Sports Officer for QMWFC, she had a great responsibility of engaging the club in opportunities within the local community. From a personal point of view, she also wanted to gain coaching qualifications and after attending one of our induction talks, she signed up to the programme.

Experience 

QMWFC have a history of supporting Limehouse Ladies FC with the provision of volunteers and coaches. Farida not only volunteered at weekly sessions for Limehouse but also ensured that other members from QMWFC were aware of how they could log their hours through QMSU Community Sport and earn rewards for their voluntary hours. Clearly growing in confidence, she also led some afterschool sessions at local schools by herself and played a key role in the organisation of a football festival for the Limehouse Minis team.

Outcomes 

Farida received full funding to complete her FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification, which she did alongside two other members of QMWFC. In recognition of her contribution to the community, she won the Community Sport Volunteer of the Year Award at our Sport Awards Dinner in April 2017.

Comments 

“Being part of the Community Sport program and coaching regularly on a weekly basis has benefited me in many ways as I was able to develop my planning skills and learn from working with other coaches while using different coaching techniques. In addition, completing the FA Level 1 course with my teammates has been extremely beneficial for our growth and knowledge of the sport.” – Farida

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