Visa Ball Kids at the UEFA Women's Euro 2022
By Sported | 5th August 2022
By Sported | 5th August 2022
At Sported, we’re still buzzing from England’s win in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, and we were even more excited because 39 girls who are involved with grassroots football groups in the Sported network appeared as the Ball Kids during the qualifying matches and the final!
Thanks to Barclays and their partnership with Visa UK, groups in the Sported network were able to nominate girls who they thought would make excellent ambassadors for women and girl’s football.
For the lucky 39 girls chosen, all aged between 14-18, this once in a lifetime opportunity saw them play an integral part of the tournament, as well as help develop key life skills including team work, time management, responsibility and confidence.
Find out more about some of the Ball Kids chosen from football groups in the Sported network below…
A massive well done to Rebecca our U18s girls captain being picked to be a ball girl at the opening of the women’s Euro opener in Manchester last night @sported_Scot @Visa @ScotFAWest @FootballGlasgow @GlasgowCC @sported_UK @sportscotland pic.twitter.com/2bFIMGdDf2— Drumchapel United (@DrumchapelU) July 7, 2022
What a game for Zoeya to be @Visa ball kid at! An amazing positive experience for her, mum coach Shmaila and sis Zaina. All needs accommodated which meant they thoroughly enjoyed the experience👏🏽@sported_UK @Lionesses #creatingchange #positivity #muslimahs #Representation pic.twitter.com/XLCWf01lCP— Muslimah Sports Association (MSA) (@MuslimahAsso) July 22, 2022
Tahalia loves football because it allows her to challenge and test herself, stay healthy and balance the stress of her studies. She supports sessions for 8-12 year old girls at her local football group, having played herself in the boys team when she was younger due to limited access to girls football sessions. She is described as an inspiration for other young girls in her community.
Lyra has been playing football since she was 7 years old and has aspirations to become a referee. As the only female player on her team, others describe her as resilient, dedicated and loyal, thriving from building strong relationships with her teammates.
Aysha is a keen sportswoman and has been integral to the growth of the girl’s section of her local football group. A role model in her local community, she has shown a passion for coaching and youth development, currently on the way to becoming a FA certified coach. From a family of football players, Aysha loves the team spirit that comes with playing football.
All of our Ball Kids had an incredible experience at the UEFA Women’s EEURO 2022, and a huge thank you to our friends at Barclays and Visa for making this happen. Last but certainly not least, congratulations to the Lionesses 2022 European Champions.
Thanks to our partnership with Visa, we’re excited to announce the @VisaUK ball kids selected for the upcoming England group stage matches at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022™— Barclays Football (@BarclaysFooty) July 1, 2022
Look out for the girls at the #WEURO2022 next week!
It all starts with a chance ⚽ pic.twitter.com/gIClDimLVX