Karena’s journey with FBB has been an exciting one. She officially joined the team in July 2015 as a voluntary coach for the women’s warriors team and has quickly grown an original idea, co-founding and leading the first of many Female, Fitness, Education and Motivation (FFEM) sessions at the Archbishop Lanfranc Academy. If you’re interested in joining a womens football team – Karena talks more about FBB Warriors here.
What does your role entail at FBB, and what do you hope to achieve?
My role is to develop and lead on female projects and the overall participation and growth of females within FBB. I hope to be able to increase the number of young girls participating with FBB as well as the number of young girls enjoying football and sports in general through the FFEM project. I also hope to develop strong relationships with key Females making their mark in the sporting and charitable sectors.
What is the best thing about our FBB Warriors project?
The players and volunteers who show up week in week out putting 100% effort, rain, wind or snow!
Have you competed in any tournaments/matches with FBB Warriors?
Yes quite a few (leagues ahead, playing for kicks, Millwall half time stadium match, friendly 11 a side matches)
How would you describe the FBB Warriors playing style?
Unpredictable and direct!
What is your most memorable moment playing for FBB Warriors?
Playing on the Millwall Stadium pitch!
How has the FBB Warriors project grown over the past 2 years?
I’ve been at the warriors for a year but the growth has seen players who had no real footballing ability grow to become fearless and capable players. There has been a real core team growth that’s seen us through every occasion.
How did football impact your life growing up and what impact does it have on you now?
Its made me want to take on challenges when I was younger, not to be easily intimidated! Right now its showing me that there is so many avenues football can open up for a young person if the right people are rooting for you!
What does FBB mean to you?
A platform to give young people the ability to say they are CEO of their own company.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
In the next 10 years’ I’d like to see myself having developed FFEM to be recognised worldwide as a programme that pushes all females, young and old, into challenges and avenues they may typically shy away from.