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๐Ÿฅ Todayโ€™s ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw has been made. Every fiver helps us continue to support thousands of people acrosโ€ฆ https://t.co/vYuNx4DAz3

RT @SafcScotland: Quick prematch stop to donate to the foodbank @SAFCFoL Ready for the match now! #safc https://t.co/kIVskMZ7bs

โšฝ Got your ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” tickets yet? Every fiver helps us continue to support thousands of people across Sundeโ€ฆ https://t.co/yGJLzRJSVT

๐Ÿคฏ Imagine how much could be raised each matchday if the 30,000 fans in the @StadiumOfLight each bought a ticket toโ€ฆ https://t.co/LXj5jwDGnk

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿฅซ Weโ€™re open from 12.30 today for any @sunderlandfb donationsโ€ฆ

Such sad news, Len was a always a great ambassador for our work and a true gentleman. Thoughts are with his friendโ€ฆ https://t.co/TJF2CEyfM7

๐Ÿคž๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” ...it's matchday! ๐Ÿคฉ We're back with your chance to win ยฃ1,000 while supporting #SAFC's officialโ€ฆ https://t.co/z0C5zaj3Er

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐ŸŒ… Sun setting on another busy week @BeaconofLightโ€ฆ https://t.co/lkaYefTPna

๐Ÿƒ๐‘ญ๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’•๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’” ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ A great way for families to stay active and get fit - get involved ๐Ÿ“งcatherine.wโ€ฆ https://t.co/2kGjWuP2Wi

โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฐ Great #TeamFoL effort for #MacmillanCoffeeMorning ๐Ÿ’š Big shout out to everyone involved and those who took partโ€ฆ https://t.co/qgmAZMchJe

๐Ÿ˜ด Our MD @Jamie_Wright4 is taking part in this yearโ€™s @The_CEOSLEEPOUT at the @StadiumOfLight, raising money and awโ€ฆ https://t.co/4iX4j7nuaR

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns tomorrow! ๐™๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™จ โ–ช๏ธยฃ1,000 prize โ–ช๏ธSigned Sunderland shirt โ–ช๏ธRollover jackpotโ€ฆ https://t.co/PBzQFc6qt8

๐ŸŽ‰ Two weeks to go until our ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ at the @BeaconofLight... Full details ๐ŸŽถ https://t.co/2MwxsZF7Z9 https://t.co/47KQhpA7vE

RT @BeaconofLight: โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿป ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ-๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฐโ€ฆ #SAFC | #HawayTheLads https://t.co/zkDd5f961b

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ ๐‘ญ๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ช๐’๐’–๐’ƒ Join us for special sessions during the October half-term at the Beacon ofโ€ฆ https://t.co/ZKskTQGD5W

๐ŸŸ๏ธ ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns this weekend! โšฝ At only ยฃ5 to enter, the cost of your ticket pays for a ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃโ€ฆ https://t.co/ZwMat3oA56

๐—œ๐—–๐—ฌ๐— ๐—œ: Weโ€™re celebrating the achievements of FIT BLACK CAT, Keith on #NationalFitnessDay ๐Ÿ˜‡ Heโ€™s now living a muchโ€ฆ https://t.co/G9qGrRIeqC

RT @SunderlandAFC: โค๏ธ๐Ÿค In partnership with @SAFCFoL, Sunderland AFC and @RedAndWhite2017 will be hosting a Foodbank collection ahead of Satโ€ฆ

๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—–๐—œ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ข๐—™๐—™๐—˜๐—ฅ Little Dribblers Playgroup will be free of charge tomorrow ๐Ÿ“ Beacon of Light ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30โ€ฆ https://t.co/DjwaRp7egv

Foundation highlights girls progression routes

Foundation of Light is proudly supporting Girls Football Week by showcasing the opportunities the charity offers to young female players within the sport.

The Foundation offers a unique Player Pathway for boys and girls, from Evening & Weekend sessions through to professional clubs and coach education programmes.

Central to the pathway is the Foundation-run Player Development Squads which has provided dozens of girls with routes into football at all levels including the Sunderland and Gateshead Regional Talent Club, the North East’s elite development centre.

We speak to Megan (14), Orla (13) and Abbey (9), just three of 10 RTC players who have progressed from the PDS, about their journeys in football so far.

 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO FOOTBALL?

Megan:ย “I was involved in a lot different sports such as karate, horse riding and swimming but I really wanted to play football. It really liked the competitiveness of it, but my mum wasnโ€™t so sure!

“I tried a lot of different clubs but they didn’t have girls’ teams, or had too many players or just didn’t want me to join.

“Eventually I found a girls’ team to train with โ€“ Lowick United โ€“ and then started playing for them.”

Orla:ย “I got interested in football at seven by going to my brother’s games and it looked fun so I decided I wanted to play. I started playing at a boys’ team, Bedlington.

“My dad started a girls’ team and I joined them. Playing against the boys was a lot more physical.”

Abbey:ย “I started playing football when I was four in the garden with my brother. I went to play for a team called Lambton Lyons boys team at six. It was quite competitive!

“I then joined a girls’ team called Amazons and then Durham County.”

 

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FOUNDATION’S PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SQUADS?

Megan:ย “I went along to a soccer course ran by the Foundation in Berwick and I was asked if I’d like to come down and train with the squads at Harton. I really enjoyed training with the PDS, the coaching and games were really good โ€“ a high level.”

Orla:ย “I went to the Regional Talent Club trials two years but wasn’t selected but the coaches suggested I go to the PDS.”

Abbey:ย “I tried out for the RTC last season and although I got the first call back but didn’t manage to get through. I then went to the Player Development Squads.”

 

YOU’RE NOW AT THE SUNDERLAND AND GATESHEAD REGIONAL TALENT CLUB…

Megan:ย “This summer I came along for the Sunderland and Gateshead Regional Talent Club trials and was lucky enough to be picked.

“It’s amazing here, I love the coaching and when you’re talking to your friends and they ask who you’re playing against this weekend you get to say, ‘We’re playing Manchester United or Manchester City’ and they can’t believe it!

Orla:ย “I went back to the RTC trials this summer and I got through. The PDS really helped me develop as a player.

“The RTC training is challenging but fun. It’s hard playing against other RTCs but I really enjoy it.”

Abbey:ย “I came back for the trials in June and got on the team. It’s really good, I love the training. We do shooting, passing, goalkeeper training and work on possession and I really like the fitness tests.

“We play against boys’ teams in the Russell Foster League and it’s a bit competitive like when I played for Lambton Lyons. It makes you a better player.”

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS WHO WANT TO GET INTO FOOTBALL?

Megan:ย “Persevere with what you want to do. If you get knockbacks keep going and find a club that’s right for you and work hard. If you love the game just keep playing.”

11 November 2017

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