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Competition for young Dons

30 January 2013

What's Your Goal? offers unique opportunities

If you’re a young AFC Wimbledon supporter who dreams of a career in the football industry,then there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to apply for.


The Football League and npower have launched their What’s Your Goal? programme for 2012/13 which offers a chance to commentate alongside BBC Sport’s Jacqui Oatley, learn from top TV presenter Clare Balding, and receive first-class professional football training from Arsenal Ladies player Kelly Smith.


There are also over 350 work placement opportunities on offer at Football League clubs as part of the programme.  a line-up of 11 successful women from the world of sport to offer an unmissable opportunity to learn from the best. Clare Balding is heading


The programme has been launched to encourage more teenage girls and boys to think about a career in the nation’s favourite sport and to continue to boost the profile of sportswomen in the UK, following the success of last year’s Olympic Games.


A ‘dream team’ of 11 ambitious and enthusiastic boys and girls (you must be in school years 7-11 to apply) will spend a day being mentored by one of the successful sportswomen who have come on board to offer their time, knowledge, and support to the programme, offering them invaluable experience.


sports reporter Laura Williamson and receiving first class professional football training with Arsenal Ladies and Team GB’s Kelly Smith.Daily Mail the 11 lucky youngsters will be thrown straight into the action. One budding commentator will get to give their play-by-play account of the match alongside Jacqui Oatley at the npower Championship play-off final, while another will learn what it takes to be a top TV presenter with Clare Balding. Other roles up for grabs include reporting on all the action with  Having demonstrated why they should be chosen for one of the coveted roles with a CV and video application,


In addition, young people can also get the chance to shadow the following personalties: Mo Marley (Everton Under-17s Ladies Manager), Leanne Hall (Sheffield United Goalkeeping Coach), Ellie Maybury (Exercise Scientist for Birmingham Ladies), Georgie Gillard (Sports Photographer), Sasa Ihringova (The Football League’s most senior female referee), Julie Harrington (MD at St George’s Park) and Rosie Richardson ( Ipswich Town FC Sales Manager).


Clare Balding said: “The year 2012 was amazing for sporting achievement in the UK, especially for women, so I am delighted that npower will be continuing to keep up the momentum in 2013 and championing female athletes with What’s Your Goal?


“Football is one of the most popular sport for women, yet it is still perceived to be a man’s game, which is why it is important that young people have strong female role models to look up to who inspire them to kick-start their careers.


  to find out more.What's Your GoalStudents in years 7 – 11 are invited to apply for the chance to spend a day shadowing one of the high profile experts such as Clare Balding. Click on  .Football work experienceThe Football League is also offering 350 work placements at Football League clubs around the country. Pupils in years 10 and 11 can apply to each of the 72 Football League clubs by clicking on   

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