Solidarity Soccer is our innovative community based football training initiative for women which has empowerment, skill sharing and a personalised approach shaping it.
We spoke to regular Solidarity Soccer attendee Stacey Leigh about her experiences of Solidarity Soccer, and what kind of impact it has had on and off the pitch – Stacey has won the Personalised Aims Digital Award and has been a key part of our Wednesday Solidarity Soccer session.
AFC Unity: In a few words, how would you describe Solidarity Soccer to someone who hasn’t been?
Stacey: If you like football and want to start playing or in my case get back into it, it’s a great way to get started. The sessions are fun, relaxed and non-competitive and cater for all levels of ability and experience.
AFC Unity: What would you say to someone who hasn’t been to Solidarity Soccer if you wanted them to come along?
Stacey: Come down and try it – you’ll enjoy it.
AFC Unity: Do you have any stories that stand out from your time of being involved in Solidarity Soccer?
Stacey: This is a tough one….it’s good fun every week. However, I did trip over my feet once when attempting the step-over – that was quite amusing.
AFC Unity: Has Solidarity Soccer had an impact on your outside football life?
Stacey: Yes – it certainly has. My fitness has improved, I am more active and have loads more confidence and I am making new friends.
AFC Unity: If you could pick one word to describe Solidarity Soccer what would it be?
AFC Unity: What has been your favourite skill to learn and why?
Stacey: I would have to say the Rivaldo triangle as it was the first one I learnt. I was sure I’d have no chance of doing it but within a couple of sessions I had cracked it – I think everyone had for that matter.
AFC Unity: Anything else to add?
Stacey: I never thought I’d play football again, now as well as Solidarity Soccer, I play in a weekly 5-a-side league. It’s given me a massive confidence boost and I want to pursue 11-a-side football again!