Vicky started coaching when she was 16 years old, her teacher enrolled her on a football level 1 course and she did not stop there. Vicky has travelled the world coaching but is now back in Cornwall inspiring females to get active through the ThisGirlCan-Coach programme.
Read her full story below!
'I started coaching when I was 16 and a PE teacher enrolled me to a level 1 football course being held at my school, my teacher knew my passion for football and saw more potential in me than I ever did myself! after completing the course I knew I wanted to do more and started volunteering with my local boys club, I went on to do a degree in 'Sports Coaching and PE teaching' and after graduating I found myself getting more paid coaching opportunities within different environments and I was loving it, working with some great coaches and getting lots of experience.
During this time my nephew was battling Leukemia, he was diagnosed at 16, missing his GCSES and spent his teenage years between hospitals in Bristol and Truro where as a family did everything we could to support him. He sadly lost his fight a few months after his 18th birthday and it was something that I really struggled to cope with. I lost my motivation and I didn't know what to do with myself.
I received an unexpected email with a job advert for a full time coaching position in Dubai, at first I dismissed it, I didn't want to move away from home but as the days passed I realized I have nothing to lose in applying and that actually life is short so maybe we should take our opportunities. I applied and was invited to interview, again I tried to talk myself out but went along not thinking I would ever get the role. And then I was offered the job!
In the summer of 2011 I set off to a country I'd never been, to a country where I didn't know a single person to take up a positon of full time football coach, I had openly joked to family and friends that I'd be back home in two weeks! But the reality was much different.
I spent 5 years away from home as a resident of The U.A.E. I loved the challenges that it brought and it gave me a sense of purpose again. I was a female coach working in a male dominated environment, coaching every day, building a programme that I believed in and that players, coaches and parents believed in too. I quickly achieved promotion to head coach and after 3 years I was appointed Director of Football, overseeing the entire programme.
I learnt so much, not just as a coach but about myself too but after 5 years the time felt right to come home to Cornwall to start a new challenge and to continue my professional development. I love coaching, I love working with others, watching them grow and develop and I'm excited to be back doing what I love within my home county and now engaged with the #ThisGirlCan - Coach programme with Cornwall Sports Partnership'.