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Betfair fund UEFA licence dreams for young coach

13th October 2017 / lee

Betfair have handed a huge opportunity to an Oxfordshire football coach, by helping her achieve a dream of getting her UEFA B coaching license. Ellen Hopkins was one of 50 nominations for Betfair’s Fairer Game campaign which was designed to promote equality within the sport.

24-year-old Hopkins from Witney is one of the lucky few to receive funding through the promotion and she put in an appearance at a launch event, which included a talk and training session from England forward Rachel Yankey.

A former first team player for Oxford United Women, she retired from the game at just nineteen after a hand injury forced the goalkeeper out of the game. Instead of giving up n the game, she found a passion for training and earned her Level One and Two badges and has worked with the U19 men’s and women’s sides at Oxford, while also having coached out in the USA.

Of the award, Hopkins said: “I have wanted to complete my UEFA B for a number of years and I’m really excited that Betfair are helping me take that next step on my coaching journey.

“It will be an experience of a lifetime being mentored by Rachel and I am sure we will learn a lot from her and benefit from her experience.

“I never thought that my hobby could ever become a career option and this could be the boost I need towards achieving my goal.”

“During my time in the USA, I enjoyed working with the parent coaches to share ideas and give them the basic knowledge and tools to use within their own teams.

“Coaching is all about learning, so the more we work together the better chance we have at raising the standards at grassroots level.

“It would be great to see a more female-dominated presence in terms of coaching staff at the highest level.

“It’s great to see how much it has grown from when I first got involved at the age of nine and I would love to be part of that journey.”

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