A team of Bridgwater youth footballers is ready to take on the world after we arranged for a member of England Colleges’ football team to provide some valuable coaching, followed by one of our partners presenting the team’s management with a cheque to help buy new training kit.
The footballers, a mix of girls and boys who play for Victoria Park Rangers under 6s, were visited by Charlotte Johnson, who played in goal for Yeovil Town Ladies during their triumphant last season when they secured promotion into WSL1.
She has also played for Bridgwater College ladies and the national England Colleges’ team. Her proud step-father, Stuart Carrington, is a partner at Thomas Westcott.
It’s an exciting time for Bridgwater College student Charlotte, who is studying accountancy, archaeology and geology, as she has recently won a prestigious football scholarship to study in the States at the University of North Alabama.
Speaking after she met VPR U6s she said: “Football has always been a huge part of my life since I first stepped onto that pitch aged five and, thanks to the excellent training and coaching I received from the amazing volunteer coaches through my childhood, I’ve been able to progress and play at higher and higher levels.”
She added: “It was a pleasure visiting Victoria Park Rangers to give them a few tips and, hopefully, inspire them to go on and achieve their own footballing dreams.”
Because our Bridgwater office has such close ties to the team Phil Butterworth, one of our partners based there, also visited the under 6s to present the management with a cheque for £100.
He said: “Charlotte has achieved a huge amount through her love of sport, and quite rightly all her family including Stuart Carrington are incredibly proud of her, and I’m sure the youngsters at Victoria Park Rangers loved meeting and training with someone who continues to scale the footballing heights.”
Victoria Park Rangers Under 6s coach Chris Lovell said that meeting Charlotte had given the children the opportunity to see that it’s possible to progress through the ranks and make a career out of football.
“It shows how with hard work, determination and the help of the local colleges it is possible to succeed in the sport just as Charlotte has,” he said, adding: “Everyone from Victoria Park Rangers under 6 team would like to thank Butterworth Jones and Thomas Westcott for their kind sponsorship of £100 and arranging this amazing opportunity of meeting Charlotte.
“The children we’re really excited and have learnt some valuable skills. The sponsorship money will help us to buy kit bags, footballs, drinks bottles and other much needed kit.”
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