Wales international Ffion Morgan is inspiring a new generation of girls to play football.
The 18-year-old has spent the last week in Spain with Jayne Ludlow’s senior squad preparing for Wales’ Euro Qualifying Campaign, which begins in August.
But Ffion, who fell in love with the game as a four-year-old at Saron Juniors, is attracting new females to football in her role as Girls’ Football Activator for West Wales.
The former Ysgol Tregib pupil said: “It’s so important we as senior internationals are visible for young girls starting their football journey and can be positive role models who inspire them to continue to follow their dreams and reach their potential in football.”
Having been a part of the exciting story that almost led to Wales’ first World Cup appearance, Ffion fully recognises her role as an ambassador and hopes to inspire others, as she was inspired as a child.
She said: “I remember Loren Dykes coming to my church on a player appearance when I was in primary school. From that day I knew I wanted to play football for Wales. Loren was such an inspiration to me and I’m so proud to be playing alongside her for Wales. I hope to do the same and inspire more young girls to get involved in football in West Wales.”
Ffion has highlighted Loren as her inspiration growing up, and as it’s International Women’s Day, we want you to tell us which inspirational woman has played a key part in your football journey.
It could be your teacher, your coach, a relative, a friend or one of our international stars like Ffion.
Get involved in the conversation on twitter and Instagram and tell us using #WhoInspiresYou .
Having played their part in growing girls’ football by 17% in 2018, Ffion and her team-mates appreciate their role in helping to drive Welsh football towards its target of 20,000 registered female players by 2024.
She said: “My job is to inspire girls but it’s inspiring to me. I’m amazed by how many girls out there want to play football. The most important thing is to point them in the right direction and get them playing at the right places.”
Ffion, who joined Ammanford Girls when she was 11, is now working with similar clubs, schools and community groups to help grow the game.
Having attended Swansea Schools FA and Urdd school events, the Cardiff City Ladies midfielder is delighted that new girls are getting more football opportunities in school than she ever did.
The UEFA B Licence qualified coach saw more evidence of this when she delivered a bilingual girls football session at Cardiff’s Ysgol Treganna, moments after being named in Jayne Ludlow’s latest national squad.
She said: “I tell girls that football is all about belonging, being a part of something amazing. I’ve met so many friends through football who will be friends for life.
“It doesn’t matter how good you are, playing football gives you great experiences.”
Her experience on the inaugural FAW UEFA Female Only B Licence Residential course, in 2018, led to her new role and has given her an ambition beyond her playing career.
She said: “I’m young to be a coach but I’m setting myself up for later. I’d love to go onto the A Licence, and maybe the Pro Licence, once I finish playing."