We had a family get together the other week and we got to talking about all the things our Dad used to do with us in the school holidays. He’d always take his time off then, so he could be with us, and we used to have a lot of fun doing things together. One of the things that it’s important for parents to share with their children is a love of and an enthusiasm for sport. A parent can be such strong influence to encourage a love of sport and being active.
When it comes to football I think Dads have a big role to play. I like to do my part as a mum: I have won a ladies’ penalty shoot out competition in the past after all. But in reality, Dads often have more experience of playing and watching the game. So I’d like to share the story of 12-year old Daisy McGregor with you. Daisy is an aspiring, young footballer who suffers with Tourette Syndrome, and she’s the star of a new film released today by Women’s FA Cup Sponsor SSE. Featuring alongside her father Kenny, the film explores the special relationship between the dad-and-daughter pairing, driven by the power of football. It’s a touching film, the second instalment in energy giant SSE’s three-part ‘Dads and Daughters’ series, and worth a watch as it explores the father/daughter relationship and the transformative effect football has had on Daisy’s life.
Daisy, from Peterborough in the East of England, got into football at a young age thanks to time spent enjoying the game with her dad. But it wasn’t until Daisy was diagnosed with Tourette’s at the age of 6 that the pair realised the profound effect playing football would have on Daisy’s life.
Encouraged by her father Kenny, Daisy joined girls-only team Yaxley Football Club and has since found that while playing the sport, her symptoms, such as involuntary physical ticks and coughing, subside. Coupled with the friends Daisy has made and the confidence she’s taken from playing girls-only football, her venture into the sport looks set to continue for years to come. The inspirational story of Daisy and Kenny is another example of the positive effect football can have on girls growing up in the UK.
To complete the story, Daisy’s footballing hero and Chelsea striker Eni Aluko was secretly invited to surprise Daisy and her teammates at a Yaxley Girls Club training session. After creating a scene of disbelief amongst both the girls and on-looking parents, the England Lioness was on hand to join in with the session itself.
To watch the full film and find out more about Daisy and Kenny’s story, visit https://www.sse.co.uk/about-us/sponsorship/sport/daisy-football-journey You can also find out more about the work SSE are doing in women’s football by visiting www.SSE.co.uk
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with SSE.