Nottingham Forest Women’s first team player, Rosie Axten helped us host a Premier League Kicks event for local youngsters, where she spoke about her journey to becoming a professional footballer.

Premier League Kicks is a free programme that uses the power of football and the value of sports participation, to engage, inspire & educate young children and adults. Due to the pandemic we have had to change the way we do this, now offering exciting virtual events such as Q&A’s with sportsmen and women, DJ sessions, FIFA tournaments and much more.

Young girls and boys were able to ask Rosie questions virtually about her career and growing up as a female football player. Rosie spoke about her childhood experiences with football and how she got to where she is now as well as how she overcame obstacles and the advice she would give to aspiring athletes.

“Theres been ups and downs in my career but they’ll always be things like that. I think you’ve just got to keep going, you can’t quit just because of a few things that aren’t going your way. You can’t quit because of things like this, you’ve got to look to the future and think, ‘this is where I want to be and I’m going to get there’, you’ve just to got to keep doing what you are doing, push yourself and you’ll get there. You will always end up where you are meant to be and if you are ever struggling or want to improve on things, speak to your coaches or family about it and they’ll always want to help you. Just don’t give up because things haven’t been going well and have upset you, these things will actually make you stronger in the future. Just keep doing you.”

We hope virtual events like this with Rosie will inspire young people to work hard and achieve great things, whether thats in sport or life in general.

If you would like to find out more about these virtual events and activities we provide every week simply head over to our Premier League Kicks page where young people can register their places online.