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Faith Kenny's Football Journey So Far

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Faith Kenny is an inspiring young footballer and coach who began her involvement with football two years ago at Aylsham FC.

 “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 far?

“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 proud of.”

Faith Kenny with a Medal

What challenges have you faced so far and how have you overcome them? 
“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 my disability.”

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 work."


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