The life of a football mum: The sacrifices you make to get your child to the top
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31 January 2018

The life of a football mum: The sacrifices you make to get your child to the top

"We love every minute."

That's the verdict of football mum Lisa Evans, who has supported her son Cameron on his football journey, since he first kicked a ball.

Now Cameron is a Wales U17 international, with ambitions to reach the top and his parents are very proud of him.

Lisa said: "It's a lot of hard work, dropping him off at different places and living with the guilt if I don't go on away trips with the team.

"But playing for Wales has been an amazing experience for Cameron and myself as his mum."

Versatile defender Cameron played in the Wales U16 team that finished second in the 2016 Victory Shield in Scotland and is currently in the Swansea City U18 squad.

Inspired by receiving his first Wales cap off FAW Trust Elite Performance Director Ian Rush, Cameron wants to taste more international football this season.

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FAW Trust Video - The pride of being a football mum

He said: "My next target is to try to get into the U18 squad at Swansea and then get selected in the Wales U17 squad.

"It's a good experience to be around people like Ian Rush. He's an inspiration to Welsh football, not just me, and it was good to meet him and speak to him."

Now he's an international, Cameron realises he's a role model and his job is to inspire younger players at his club and in his community.

He said: "Sometimes the younger boys want to go out with their mates and stuff. I can remember turning up to training and having a little moan but you've got to make sure you're totally committed to give yourself the best opportunity to progress.

"My advice to any young player would be remember what your target is and avoid distractions along the way."

While Cameron's dream might be the glamour of the Premier League and international caps, his proud mum insists football has already given him far more than that.

She said: "Football has allowed Cameron to visit new places, meet new friends, keep fit and learn skills that he's going to need in the future."

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