ECFA women’s football apprentice lands job at local primary school

FA Women’s Football Apprentice Maddy Ubee hopes her time at a Nottingham primary school has made an impact on girls taking up the sport.

Maddy has been on the FA-funded sports development programme at Nottingham College this year, which is run by English Colleges FA (ECFA), AoC Sport’s football delivery arm.

As part of the programme to encourage more girls to try football, Maddy held weekly sessions for years 5/6 and foundation year pupils at Old Basford Primary School.

The sessions were organised with the help of student ambassadors, Olivia Willis and Libby Zommers and together, they arranged lots of fun activities for the pupils.

One way of doing this was to introduce games using the football to help them get more comfortable with it.

“I’ve always loved football and I’ve been interested in getting more girls involved. This past year has been a lot of fun.

“I have learnt so much from the pupils and am very grateful to the staff at the school for the opportunity they have given me and I hope that the children carry on playing football in the future.” Maddy Ubee

To celebrate the end of the joint football venture, ECFA donated money to buy all 70 pupils a football to encourage them to continue to play the sport.

Maddy has now completed her apprenticeship, and has been offered a job at Old Basford School starting in the autumn term. She will work there every day from lunchtime until after school, continuing to promote the importance of sport.

She will also be running 10 free extra-curricular clubs each week giving the pupils the opportunity to play and compete regionally in a range of different sports.

The FA Women’s Football Apprenticeship Programme is designed to be an opportunity for passionate young women to join the football industry via apprenticeships in sport development, in conjunction with ECFA and The FA.

Read Maddy’s apprenticeship story.


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