England ace to visit Beds and inspire youngsters

England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is heading to Bedford (Photo by Clint Hughes - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is heading to Bedford (Photo by Clint Hughes - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

England women’s goalkeeping star Siobhan Chamberlain is set to inspire young people in Bedford at a Sportivate football project this month being run by Bedford Ladies and Girls Football Club.

Chamberlain, who recently returned with a bronze medal from the Women’s World Cup in Canada, is one of England’s top goalkeepers and plays for Notts County Ladies in the Women’s Super League.

Chamberlain will be visiting the Sportivate girls football project in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion. The session will take place at Westfield School, Chester Road on August 17 from 6.30pm to 8pm thanks to Bedford Ladies FC and Team Beds and Luton Sports Partnership, who provide Sportivate funding in the area on behalf of Sport England.

Chamberlain said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate project in Bedford. I cannot wait to help them get them into sport and share my experience of proudly representing England.

“Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about.

“I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be.”

Sportivate is a £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see Siobhan helping to inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may never have tried before.

“Our Sportivate programme is all about listening to young people and putting on taster sessions to help them make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”

Chamberlain’s visit is part of a six-week free training course for girls aged 15 and older. For information, contact Annette on 07970 650573 or visit www.bedfordladies-girlsfc.org