LFC FoundationLeanne Kiernan shares stories of resilience at LFC Foundation ‘She Inspires’ session
LFC Women’s Leanne Kiernan recently attended a ‘She Inspires’ session run by LFC Foundation at Dixon’s Broadgreen Academy, where she shared her experiences and advice.
The theme for the session was ‘resilience’ and Kiernan shared her stories of overcoming challenges she has faced in a Q&A with the young girls.
Speaking at the event, Leanne said: “It’s massively important and I feel like it’s nice that the girls here have people around them like myself and they can see that there are routes to become professional.
“I never expected to be a professional footballer but I worked very hard and got there. I told the girls to never let anybody take your dreams away or stand in the way, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
The ‘She Inspires’ sessions are run by LFC Foundation and Everton in the Community, and Leanne feels that highlights the importance of the community coming together.
She added: “It’s one thing I noticed moving to the city of Liverpool, how good it is and how close-knit people are. We are different football clubs but we’re all living in the same city and I think the community here is really good at getting together and helping people out. It’s very rewarding and it’s nice to see these girls have dreams like I did.”
“I think it’s brilliant to see that girls in any community can get the choice of doing whatever they want to do and be provided with the opportunities. LFC Foundation are playing an important role and it’s a pleasure to come along and support their work.”
The ‘She Inspires’ schools programme aims to work with inactive female pupils in Years 8 and 9. It offers a mix of practical and workshop sessions including weekly coaching (football and multi sports), access to FA Qualifications, grassroots pathway opportunities and bespoke CPD workshops.
Gemma Smith, LFC Foundation head of programmes, added: “It was brilliant to have Leanne in attendance to share her own experiences and is a superb role model for these girls.”
“Having all partners come together for this event shows our unified goal of improving opportunities for these girls and giving them the belief that they can achieve their goals, while highlighting both the importance of the programme and the positive impact it is having on young girls in our community.”