Hosford named Premier League Kicks Hero
15th February 2017
Swansea City Ladies midfielder and Swans Community Trust coach Katy Hosford has been named a Premier League Kicks Hero.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Premier League Kicks programme, Hosford was presented with a bespoke comic strip depicting her footballing journey by Swans goalkeeper Mark Birighitti and club ambassador Lee Trundle at a recent session in which she was coaching.
"I was really surprised when I first saw it, I love it," she said. "I can't believe how much thought has gone into and it just explains my story from day one and how I've progressed to doing what I do now.
"When I think back to day one, I never would have thought that I would come this far. If I didn't go to those PL Kicks sessions, I wouldn't be the player I am today.
"They've not only developed my skills and technical ability but helped me to be a leader, play within a team and to be in that environment every week. It's definitely helped me progress as an individual."
After joining the Kicks project at the age of 16, Hosford quickly rose through the ranks to represent both club and country, and also coaches in the community helping to encourage budding young female footballers to take up the sport.
Now in her fourth season with Swans Ladies, Hosford has won a range of awards and accolades - most recently the 2015/16 First Team Player of the Season award, as well as helping the team lift the WPWL League Cup after scoring a brace in the final last season.
Her progress has impressed both Birighitti and Trundle.
"She's doing a great job," said Birighitti, after getting involved in the session at Baglan Boys and Girls. "Katy's done a lot for women's football so it's a real privilege to be here at this special event. It's good to see women's football growing."
To see her full comic strip click HERE and if you want to find out more information about the PL Kicks programme and our girls sessions, contact Ian Owen firstname.lastname@example.org