Premier League, Community
From Premier League Kicks to the Spotlight at Nottingham Castle
11-year-old Eviee has demonstrated that determination, passion, and hard work can lead to incredible opportunities. A regular participant in Nottingham Forest Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks (PL Kicks) sessions, Eviee’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. From boosting her confidence on the football pitch to gracing the stage at Nottingham Castle for the 2023/24 Adidas kit launch, Eviee’s story exemplifies the positive impact of community-based sports programmes.
Eviee’s journey with Nottingham Forest Community Trust’s PL Kicks sessions began as an enthusiastic young player. Through her consistent participation in the programme, she not only improved her football skills but also experienced a remarkable boost in self-confidence. The sessions provided a safe and inclusive space for Eviee to express herself on the pitch, helping her realise her potential as an aspiring footballer and an individual.
But Premier League Kicks offered more than just football training. Through the programme, Eviee forged new friendships, allowing her to connect with other young people who shared her love for the beautiful game and of course, Nottingham Forest! The positive environment cultivated by the Nottingham Forest coaches played a pivotal role in developing her skills and fostering meaningful relationships.
As a result of Eviee’s dedication, commitment and teamwork, she was invited to partake in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the 2023/24 Adidas kit launch at the historic Nottingham Castle. Joined by esteemed players from both the men’s and women’s teams, Eviee stood side by side with football icons like Taiwo Awoniyi, Danilo, Joe Worrall, Lyndsey Harkin, Laura-Jayne O’Neill, and Mai Moncaster.
Hosted by former Forest midfielder David Prutton, the private event showcased the team’s new kits against the backdrop of the iconic Nottingham Castle. The evening was a celebration of football, community, and achievement, marked by a spectacular fireworks display that illuminated the night sky.
Reflecting on the event, Eviee expressed her excitement, stating, “Being part of such a special event and getting to meet Joe Worrall and Head Coach Steve Cooper was a dream come true. This is a night I’ll never forget. Joe even signed my shirt!”
Eviee’s mother, Jessica, also shared her pride in Eviee’s accomplishments both on the pitch and at Premier League Kicks sessions. “Watching Eviee’s growth and seeing her passion for football blossom has been truly amazing. We’re so proud of her achievements, and her opportunity to get the third kit before it officially went on sale was the cherry on top.”
Find out more about our PL Kicks programme here.