We were recently visited by Alex Scott, former captain of Arsenal Women’s Team and the first female pundit on the Sky Sports Super Sunday Show. She came to our community pitch in Angell Town in Brixton to discuss her journey in the game with some of our participants.
Taking everything she has learned through her experiences playing in the Olympics, Euros, and World Cup, as well as her time as the captain of Arsenal, Scott provided our young people with vital insights. These centred around what she believes are the key habits to succeed and how these have shaped her into the person she is today.
During her talk, Scott opened up about her childhood playing with her brother in a cage in the East of London, similar to the one we have at FBB, before being scouted for Arsenal at the young age of eight.
“People ask me if I get nervous, and I say no because I always just go back to that eight year old football girl who was just free.” Scott said.
Throughout her discussion she constantly told the group how fortunate she is to have had the support of everyone around her- including both the men and women at Arsenal.
“You never get to where you want to go by yourself; it is always with the help of the people around you,” Scott said. “All of this has been such a big dream come true.”
She also predicted that a new wave of strong female footballers will reveal themselves in this years upcoming World Cup, continuing to inspire young people to go for their dreams. For those aspiring footballers, Scott had some poignant advice to offer.
“Sit behind the cameras, ask questions, because sometimes that’s what matters- the work behind the scenes,” she said. “It’s all about learning your craft and being around other people who are already there and learning from them. People will see that you’re willing to work hard and give you the opportunity.”
At the end of the session, Scott even gave away Arsenal jerseys as well as a lot of her old kit and boots as a gift to the young people!
Her uplifting story provided positivity and direction for our participants. Each young person left with a greater understanding of how to develop the right habits in order to achieve their goals.
Alex Scott kindly followed this up by inviting some of participants to the Arsenal vs Cardiff Premier League game as her special guests. Look at the FBB Instagram page for updates.