For many years Mila Window and Door Maintenance has sponsored a local junior football team – the Royston Dynamo’s, and Managing Director Tristan Cooke has been a long-term coach. Now the company is delighted to be able to sponsor one of the young girls who came through the club and has been signed up by Barnsley Ladies FC.
Tristan tells us “I have coached junior football teams at the weekend, a mixed team of lads and girls for over 10 years. Throughout those years, we have had a lot of fun and a great deal of success on the pitch – and I also firmly believe that the kids who have come to us have benefitted from being a part of a team and have developed not only their sporting skills, but their life skills too”.
“I am absolutely delighted that one of our group – Emily Ward – has gone on to become a 1st team footballer for the open age Ladies team affiliated to Barnsley FC”.
“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 to make them into 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”.
“Why do I say this? It is because alongside playing Emily is studying too for a long-term career, and she is benefitting from the opportunity to undertake a Sport and Exercise Science degree at the local University Campus”.
“It is a remarkable story and she should be an inspiration for others to follow”.
“I met up again with Emily 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 by sponsoring her training kit as she starts her career”.
“She told me her ambitions were to study for her degree, continue to play for Barnsley Ladies FC, and one day to play for England ladies. I was delighted to hear this level of ambition, and 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”.