Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes inspires young Street Soccer players at Edinburgh session

Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes MBE visited a Street Soccer Scotland session in Edinburgh and expressed her support to the ongoing work in local communities across Scotland.

The legendary athlete and double Olympic champion, Dame Kelly Holmes MBE, arrived at a Street Soccer Scotland session this week, at Leith Community Centre to show her support for Street Soccer’s programmes in transforming the lives of adults and young people through sport.

Dame Kelly’s visit was a fantastic opportunity for our players to meet and train with one of the UK’s most inspiring athletes and during her stay, she participated in a training session with young players at Leith Community Centre, where she showed off her skills and offered words of encouragement.

As one of the UK’s most prominent mental health advocates in sport, Kelly highlighted that “access to sport is priceless and that’s why I love initiatives like Street Soccer. Sport in general should have no barriers, life is hard enough. Having the support of others and the environment to think and speak freely is really invaluable and it can change lives. I hope Street Soccer can continue to make a difference to many lives.”

The former Team GB athlete was also part of Street Soccer’s Women Inspired event at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh City Centre, which brought together inspiring females from across Scotland’s sport and business landscape to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event raised vital funds for Street Soccer’s programmes, including our growing women’s only programme which is now established in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.

Street Soccer Scotland CEO, David Duke, commented: “We were honoured to welcome Dame Kelly Holmes MBE to our session. She is an inspiring role model for many across the UK and hearing about the challenges she’s overcame for success has not only been inspiring for our players to hear, but also for our staff, volunteers and partners too.”

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