Following England Women's recent victory over Canada at the New York Stadium, young people from Rotherham had the chance to quiz two FA Women's Super League players on how they have worked their way to the top of the game.
Doncaster Belles duo Emma Thompson and Nicola Hobbs provided inspirational advice on achieving goals, as Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and Groundwork Dearne Valley's National Citizen Service (NCS) participants questioned the stars.
NCS is a government programme which challenges 16 and 17-year-olds in developing teamwork skills through an array of physical activities, local visits and meetings with local community groups.
23 young people who signed up to NCS visited Thirsk in North Yorkshire over the Easter holidays, taking on tough activities from abseiling to raft building, before returning to Doncaster to discover more about their local area.
The WSL players discussed their careers, highlighting the pressures of juggling a full-time job with playing football. They offered a priceless insight for those seeking futures in the sports industry, touching on the qualifications and skills required to succeed.
Evidently, both players were impressed by the questions and the participants' positive attitude.
Thompson commented: "NCS certainly seems to have focused the participants on what skills they need for the future, and has given them the opportunity to develop these over the recent residential activities."
Hobbs agreed, recognising the spirit of NCS: "Despite not knowing each other at the start and coming from different schools in the area, it was clear that they have built a great team ethic which has united them in a short space of time."
The next phase will see the young people make a positive impact in the local community as they identify and deliver a project over the coming weeks.
There are more opportunities for 16 and 17-year-olds to sign up to the NCS summer of a lifetime with Rotherham United, Groundwork and many more Football League clubs and organisations across the region.
Doncaster lad, Louis Tomlinson, is the latest celebrity to tweet his support for NCS, with places filling up fast.
To find out more about NCS, which football clubs and organisations you can do NCS with and to register, visit www.ncsflt.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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