In the latest of our articles written especially for Impetus by the players of our partner club, Bure Valley Youth FC, their U12s, the Panthers, interview Emma, the coach of the U11s team, the Bobcats. Emma is also the club treasurer and secretary.
Q – Layla asked: Who is your favourite footballer?
A – Emma answered: Obviously its David Beckham, he was a fantastic footballer and is not bad looking either!
Q – Phoebe asked: What is your favourite thing about being a football coach?
A – Smiles on our players’ faces, seeing the girls enjoy themselves, coming together as a group and making new friends along the way.
Q – Sydney asked: Did you ever play football??
A – No, I never played. I played netball at school. When I met Ted (my husband, and Bure Valley YFC’s chairman), I got into it. I’ve now done my FA level 1 coaching qualification, I an co-coach of The Bobcats (U11s) and I’m a Norwich City season ticket holder, things have changed a bit!
Q – Rebecca asked: What is your proudest moment as a coach?
A – I just love seeing the girls play well, seeing the girls put things that they have learned in training into matches. Oh, and winning the U9 Cup was pretty special.
Q – Lyla asked: Which team would you most like to play for?
A – Barcelona. I have been lucky enough to go to the Nou Camp and see them play. It was an amazing experience.
Q – Evie asked: Who is your favourite team in the UK apart from Norwich City?
A – I was born in Enfield, London so Tottenham Hotspur as they are the nearest big team to there.
Q – Lily asked: If you had to design a new Panthers kit what would it look like?
A – Hmmm… how about pink with some leopard print stripes?
Q – Mia asked: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened whilst at Bure Valley YFC?
A – That’s easy! Whilst a team presentation was in progress, a loose ball found its way to the back of the parents who were watching the trophies being handed out. Whilst retrieving the ball, I tripped over it and landed on my backside. The parents turned around and saw me in a crumpled heap on the floor. It was so embarrassing!
Q – Daisy asked: What is the best match you’ve ever been to?
A – Well, seeing my son scoring in an away game was great. Seeing my daughter using her blistering pace fly down the wing was brilliant and seeing Ted play in goal in a friendly match was great too. I loved all of those!