Nadia Badawi: Football Therapy

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Ever since her Aunt taught her how to kick a ball, Nadia has used football as a way to shape her aspirations for the future…

Delivered in partnership with the Football Association, the Premier League Girls programme was launched in 2016 with the aim of driving up female participation in community football.

Saints Foundation delivers it’s Saints Girls sessions in 12 separate locations across Southampton; one of them being Oasis Academy Mayfield, where 14-year-old Nadia plays.

“I first got into football through my Aunty,” Nadia reflects. “She taught me how to kick a ball when I was little, and because she used to be a keen footballer, that was my inspiration to play.”

As Nadia attends Oasis Academy Mayfield, she is a beneficiary of the programmes and initiatives that come as part of our Community Champions programme, such as one-to-one mentoring, football and sports sessions and our Saints Enterprise programme.

“I first got into the girls football sessions by coming through two other Saints Foundation programmes.”

“When I was part of the Enterprise programme my schools’ Community Champion told me about the Kicks football sessions, which I loved, and through that I found out about Saints Girls.”

Saints Girls provides girls of all abilities over the age of 11 with the opportunity to play regular competitive football, whilst having fun and keeping fit with their friends.

“As well as improving my footballing ability, Saints Girls has improved my confidence a lot too.”

“It’s also teaching me how to control my anger, and I’m able to enjoy the company of others while I’m playing now too.”

Saints Foundation are also working with various grass roots teams around Southampton to provide girls the opportunity to take part in football outside of school, with the hopes of increasing girls’ aspirations for what they can achieve both within the game, and outside of it too.

“I’m using football for relaxation, and it’s also a good way for me to work on my people skills.”

“Skills like team work, composure and determination are things I’ve learnt from Saints Girls and Saints Foundation, and I hope it’s things like these which will help inspire me to achieve my dream of becoming an actress when I leave school.”

If you would like to know more about our Saints Girls programme, please contact Ollie Morton at omorton@saintsfc.co.uk.

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