My Footballing Journey So Far…

As part of our partnership with Bure Valley Youth FC, their youngsters are going to be writing regularly for Impetus. Here, Isla from their U9s tells us about her footballing journey so far…

Above: Isla proudly wearing her Bure Valley Youth FC kit, complete with captain’s armband. Photo via: Bure Valley Youth FC.

I first started my journey in football by kicking a ball around with my Dad at the age of two. My love for the sport started here, running around in my Manchester United kit. Then, the next step was Soccer Stars at three years old. Here, I learnt basic football skills like not picking up the ball and running away with it. 

Next, I moved onto Wildcats at age five, where I learnt more about shooting, passing and teamwork. With the Wildcats, I got the opportunity to watch the Under 23’s play at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium. I even got to walk out with the team holding the flag, and one of those players was Todd Cantwell.

I was looking for a proper team, that’s when I found Bure Valley FC. This is the team I’m at today. When I first started, I was so shy and had little confidence, but with the encouragement from the coaches and kind teammates, my confidence has grown loads. Amazingly, I was made team Captain for the Under 9’s Kittens, which has been my proudest moment in football so far.

While playing for Bure Valley FC, I also train with Norwich PC on a Tuesday. These sessions have helped me improve my; footwork, accuracy, endurance and confidence.

My hopes and dreams

I hope to play in every age group at Bure Valley FC, and then play for Manchester United and England, just like my heroes Marcus Rashford and Lauren James.

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