“See my ability, not my Disability” – Faith
Kenny’s Football Journey So Far
Faith Kenny is an inspiring young footballer and coach who
began her involvement with football two years ago at Aylsham FC and hasn’t
looked back since.
The 14 year old already captains the Aylsham side as well as
playing for Norwich City PDC and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. We
spoke to Faith about what her aspirations are as young and enthusiastic
footballer and coach.
Why did you begin playing/coaching football and what
do you enjoy the most about it?
"I began playing after a
couple of taster sessions and I have enjoyed it ever since. In terms of
coaching, I have always enjoyed working with children and really want to
support children who may have disabilities like me. I want to show them that
they can still be active and play football. I want to coach and encourage
children to be the best they can be.
What is your biggest achievement in football so
“I have been very lucky and
have had some fantastic opportunities. I played last year in the People’s Cup
Final at St Georges Park. It was a great day and to play at St Georges Park was
fantastic. I would also say that I have loved being captain for Aylsham. It has
been tough at times as we are a new team, but we are working really hard
together to get better. This is my second season as captain and I love this
role. It gives me the opportunity to give the team encouragement and advice.”
I have also played in lots of
tournaments for Norwich, including playing at Manchester City, Chelsea, Watford
and West Ham. I have a growing collection of medals and trophies which I am
What challenges have you faced so far and how have you
“I have a rare form of
epilepsy and I am deaf in my right ear so I wear hearing aids. This gives me a
few challenges to overcome as I get very tired, especially if I have had a
seizure. I never let this stop me. My favourite saying is “see my ability, not
What are your future aspirations in football?
"Recently I have started to
help Gus Bates to coach Aylsham U8’s and U13’s boy’s teams. I really want to
have my own team to coach In the future. Gus is helping me look at how to start
developing a coaching technique so when I am 16 I can take my level one
coaching course…I want to coach and be the best coach I can be. I also want to
help children with disabilities to be included in all aspects of football and
love it as much as I do!"
Who do you look up to in football and why?
"I really look up to my coaches. They put so much effort into
helping us grow as football players but also they teach us respect and team
Are you inspired to start playing football or start your
coaching journey? For more information on how to get involved, please contact Rachel
Cossey, Senior Football Development Officer (Inclusion) via Rachel.Cossey@NorfolkFA.com.