Athlete Mentor wins National Award
- Mon 12th Nov '12
Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor, Casey Stoney, has been named the Football Association's International Player of the Year at the FA Women's Football Awards.
The Lincoln Ladies defender received the accolade following a fantastic year which saw 30-year old Casey represent Great Britain as captain of Team GB’s women’s football team at London 2012. She also received a golden cap to celebrate 100 England appearances.
Casey, who is based in Lincoln, commented: “This has been the best year of my life and winning this award has topped it off. It was such an honour to be presented with the prize by Roy Hodgson, I was up against some fantastic sportswomen so I was not expecting to win at all.
“Leading my country out at London 2012 was a privilege and I am looking forward to continuing our success in the European Championships next year.”
Casey has continued to take time out of her hectic training schedule to support Sky Sports Living for Sport, and acts as an Athlete Mentor for students across the East Midlands and will be visiting secondary schools throughout the academic year to support their Sky Sports Living for Sport projects.
On her work as a mentor Casey says: “The work I do off the pitch as a mentor to young people with Sky Sports Living for Sport is just as important to me as playing football. I love to share my experiences with the young people I meet across the East Midlands to motivate them to be the best that they can be.
“My fellow Athlete Mentor Amanda Coulson is fronting a campaign this month to fight prejudice and help young people break barriers. I think it is very important to encourage young girls to try male-dominated sports such as football, as my success has shown just how far sport can take you regardless of your gender.”
Find out about Teignmouth Community School's Sky Academy experience, alongside Sky Academy Ambassador Darren Campbell and Senior Athlete Mentor Steve Brown
Read all about Thierry Henry's Sky Sports Living for Sport confidence-building session with 15 students from Chobham Academy on Tuesday 27 October
300 students from 12 secondary schools across the UK took part in the Sky Academy Confidence Day with Jessica Ennis-Hill on Thursday 22 October.
Read all about it here.
Watch an interview with Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor Serita Shone who says young girls must be encouraged to participate in sport not just for health reasons but also because of the life skills it teaches them