Community Sport Leaders Case Studies

Shelbie - Women's Football Development Officer

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Background 

An international student from America who quickly got involved with our recreational football offer and went on to become a member of Queen Mary Women's Football Club. 

Motivations 

She became a Community Sport Leader along with other members from QMWFC and starting coaching with the U12s team at Limehouse Laces FC. She successfully completed her FA Level 1 Coaching Award in September to support with her voluntary outreach.

Experience 

In addition to her coaching with Limehouse Laces, Shelbie succesfully interviewed for the role of Women's Football Development Officer. This brand new student-staff role had the aim of increasing and improving our football and futsal offer for women at the university. The delivered our weekly This Girl Can Football and Futsal sessions in collaboration with the Lead Female Development Coach at Leyton Orient Football Club. Through our partnership with Leyton Orient, we arranged a hospitality day for the QMWFC members at one of their fixtures and Shelbie was offered a paid role to coach their weekend Wildcats sessions. Shelbie promoted and refereed the women's category of our FA People's Cup competition and was a Lead Coach for our QMSU Sports Camp. She was nominated on behalf of QMSU Sport as a BUCS Higher Education Hero.

Outcomes 

Shelbie garduated in 2018 but whilst remaining in London she was successful during the trials for the Leyton Orient Women's team and currently serves as assistant coach for QMWFC. In recognition of reaching the platinum award and logging over 100 hours through the Community Sport programme, Shelbie will receive full funding for her FA Level 2 qualification.

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