North East Sport Academy (NESA) apprentice Bobbie Lou Taylor has been selected for the FA National Leadership Academy for the 2019/20 season.

Bobbie Lou is a bright and bubbly character with a huge smile and passion for helping others through football. Her enthusiasm and commitment this year has had an extremely positive impact on women and girl’s football at TyneMet and with the groups she coaches at North Shields Juniors AFC and our FA SSE Wildcats Centre.

Bobbie was selected for the college Leadership Academy and has volunteered every week at our NSJAFC SSE Wildcats Centre for girls aged 5-11 and it was through that opportunity where she gained the confidence and experience to start coaching her own girls’ team at NSJAFC. She is also the ECFA Football Activator at college and is currently completing her FA Level 1 Coaching Badge.

Bobbie was nominated through TyneMet College’s Leadership Academy and Northumberland FA. 60 young people from County FA’s around the country were selected for this prestigious opportunity; which kicked off with a four day training event at St. George’s Park, designed to inspire and improve their leadership skills so that they can continue to make a positive difference on football in their local communities.

The week had an international focus as young leaders were also invited from UEFA Nations, looking ahead to UEFA Euro 2020 and emphasising on a global scale the importance of involving young people in the governance, organisation and development of football. This is the start of a really exciting future in football for Bobbie and is very much deserved.

After her fantastic week at St George’s Park, Bobbie said:

“I felt really honoured as I knew that only a small amount of people were chosen. I learned a lot of things on the week about myself and how to develop as a person, trust people and communicate.”

“The best thing for me at the academy was meeting new people as I am the only person from Newcastle, but I can now say that I have made lifelong friends from around England and internationally too.”

“I came away from the Leadership Academy with a dream that I want to use football as a way to stop people going down the wrong path and help those in need. I’d love to set up my own camp that is free for children that can’t afford to pay to help them socialise and learn new things.”

Hannah Marshall, Sport Development Officer commented:

“We are extremely proud of Bobbie Lou and all of her achievements this year. She is a pleasure to work with and her enthusiasm and commitment will take her really far in football. I’m so excited for her to get this opportunity and can’t wait to see her progress and keep making a huge impact on football in North Tyneside. She is a fantastic role model, not only for the young girls that she coaches at our SSE Wildcats Centre and North Shields Juniors AFC; but to her peers at college and for new students coming to TyneMet.”

For more information or to get involved in the Leadership Academy at TyneMet, contact Hannah Marshall at hannah.marshall@tynemet.ac.uk