Her Story: Janna, U13 Wyverns
Janna, U13 Wyverns Football Story
I’m proud to represent my belief and create representation on the pitch.
I got into football almost accidentally. I spent my primary school lunchtimes playing football with the boys. I practised more and more, and decided that I wanted to join a team. Thats when I trialled for AFC Leyon. My main position is striker but I sometimes play right wing.
I would describe myself as hardworking because I always try to push myself to the limit. I am also a motivator on the pitch, because I always encourage my teammates (and myself) to try as hard as possible.
My favourite AFC Leyton memory was definitely the ESF weekend Tournament in Bognor Regis. It was great playing against other teams nationally and getting to spend more time with my teammates.
never ever give up on your dreams, even if it seems impossible, because nothing is impossible.
What’s it like being a muslim player?
Being a Muslim player does not make me feel any different to anyone else. I’m proud to represent my belief and create representation on the pitch. I feel AFC Leyton is somewhere I am safe to express myself without anyone or anything pushing me down 🙂
During Ramadan, I would say to make sure to give yourself as much rest as possible before matches and training. On match days, try to keep as much of your energy as possible, and rest afterwards. Be strategic by not sprinting as much as normal, but instead passing more and jog instead. I am very grateful to have a team and coach supporting me as well as having other players fasting with me.
My advice to any Muslim girls wanting to get into football is to never ever give up on your dreams, even if it seems impossible, because nothing is impossible. Just go ahead! You won’t regret it 😉