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Daisy's future

Daisy is a 12-year-old girl with Tourette’s syndrome who has a passion for playing football.

Football has had an incredibly positive effect on Daisy’s life. Her Dad Kenny describes it as “bringing balance”. If she’s had a particularly bad day at school, he can take her to training and it switches her mind back.

Kenny says that “without football she'd be a different person.” He believes that playing the game makes her happier and healthier as well as encouraging other great attributes.

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Daisy's future ambitions

Daisy wearing her football shirt

Daisy's football has already shown some promise. She was recently spotted by a scout and invited to go for a trial at the Northampton ACC (Advanced Coaching Centre) – the pathway to England Ladies.

The FA has mentors who come and help local grassroots clubs. And someone came from the centre to watch the girls in the clubs. As a result Daisy went to trials in July 2016.

She takes it all in her stride. If she's successful then they'll need to go to Corby once a week for a training session. It would be a 45-minute drive each way. Then, if she does well there, she could get picked for the regional team.

When she was spotted by the scout she said it made her "really happy and proud." Even at 12, her dad says she very much has her head in the game.

Daisy wants to be a professional and play in the England team, but if she doesn’t make it, she knows she wants to do something else in sport. She's also interested in becoming a PE teacher and training a new generation of sport lovers.

She's been inspired by her footballing role models Fran Kirby and Eni Aluko from Chelsea Ladies. She watches Eni on her phone and then goes out to perfect the tricks she's seen so she can show her dad.

How we're supporting women's football

SSE is helping to support girls' football at both grassroots by providing funding to set up new teams and at the top of the game with our sponsorship of The SSE Women's FA Cup.