Hosford inspires young girls to get active
2nd March 2017
Swansea City Ladies midfielder Katy Hosford helped inspire young girls attending the Go Girl Academy Inspiration Day at Penyrheol Leisure Centre as part of the club's celebrations of International Women's Day.
Running fun and inspirational sessions aimed at girls between the ages of 10 and 17, including sessions from top experts from both sport and business, the Go Girl Academy aims to give young girls in Swansea the tools to fulfil their potential.
Hosford, who was recently named Swansea City's Premier League Kicks Hero, took the opportunity to encourage young girls to get active and along with teaching them some football skills.
"It was great to go to the Go Girl Academy. I spoke to five or six groups of young girls discussing their involvement in sport and any aspirations they have for the future," said Hosford.
"I really enjoyed the event and talking to the girls. It was nice to answer some questions and give them an insight into what it takes if you want to reach the highest levels in sport."
The 19-year-old is no stranger to inspiring the younger generations, having recently become a part-time football coach with the Community Trust's PL Kicks project.
Hosford highlighted the importance of events such as the Go Girl Academy to engage young girls in sport.
"The main goal for me is to try and encourage the girls to participate in any sport that they enjoy and believe in themselves," she added.
"Not only does it give them something to do outside of education, but it allows them to stay fit, meet new friends and challenge themselves as individuals.
"I think it's great attending events like these, especially as I have been in their position before so I feel that I can relate to them. I feel that the girls may be able to look up to me and see that if they put in hard work and dedication then anything is possible."
Swans Ladies are back in action on Sunday (2pm) when they face Aberystwyth Town Ladies at Llandarcy Academy of Sport in the Welsh Premier Women's League, where they will welcome budding young footballers from the Community Trust's Premier League Girls project who will act as mascots for the game.