We reported previously how for many years Mila Window and Door Maintenance had sponsored a local junior football team – the Royston Dynamo’s, and how Managing Director Tristan Cooke had been a long-term coach.
In 2016 one of the Dynamo’s ladies graduated to playing for the open age ladies team affiliated to Barnsley FC and now she has started to turn in Man of the Match performances,
Tristan tells us “I was delighted when one of the juniors we had coached – Emily Ward – was given the opportunity to join Barnsley Ladies FC and became a first team regular. Just one year on to see that she is turning in Man of the Match performance in an age group above her years is incredible, and a real testimony to her skills and her determination. It is really exciting to see her progress”.
“For those perhaps not aware, women’s football is one of the fastest growing participation sports in the country, with more and more of the established professional clubs embracing voluntary teams to help them benefit from their professional sporting set ups. It means that there are genuine opportunities for young girls – as Emily has done – to make a transition from their passion for the game being just a weekend hobby, to it becoming a genuine career path option”.
“Why do I say this? It is because alongside playing Emily is studying Sport and Exercise Science at Barnsley Sports Academy with a view to taking this forward into a degree level qualification and a long-term career.”.
“It is a remarkable story and she should be an inspiration for others to follow”.
“I met up with Emily again recently to talk to her about her life as a 1st team footballer, and to show her the continued support of Mila Window and Door Maintenance through sponsoring her training kit, she shared with me that the women’s game is becoming more and more competitive and in the last year she has benefited from building on the foundation skills coached into her at Royston Dynamos and was grateful of the continued support from Mila Window and Door Maintenance as she works towards realising her ambitions”.
“She told me her ambitions were to study for her degree, continue to play for Barnsley FC Ladies, and one day to play at the highest level of English Woman’s Football. I was delighted to hear this level of ambition, and she is clearly on her way. If she makes it what a great inspiration she will be for other young girls to follow – but also for the likes of myself and all those others who give up time to volunteer and run sports teams at the weekend. She is a reward for all those who put some much into creating opportunities”.