Arnold Clark recently sponsored the University of Stirling football player Emma Lyons. The annual sponsorship of £300 will ensure match fees, match officials, facility costs, transport and support services are covered so that the talented player is able to continue with the beautiful game and not wind up out of pocket – as many do.
We caught up with her to get the lowdown on getting involved in football, cheesy music and celebrating after a big win!
My dad was the first person to introduce me to football. We used to kick a ball around in our back garden for hours at the weekend. Then I started to play football with the boys at primary school during break times. My school headmaster must have seen me playing because he decided to pick my sister and I for the school team.
That’s a tough one! Either:
This isn’t so difficult today compared to when I first started playing – although when I started playing I didn’t really realise it was such a big issue. I guess I would say that they should try to take part in whatever sport they enjoy doing and if that happens to be football then that’s great.
Always practice with your weaker foot!
When I first started playing football my hero was the Manchester United captain Bryan Robson. I would say that the athletes who inspire me now tend to be my teammates and some of the student athletes who I have the pleasure of teaching.
We train as a team 3 days a week. However, two of those days involve a double training session where we work outside for part of the session and in the gym doing strength and conditioning for the other part. I also try to fit in a couple of individual fitness sessions as well which have involved working with a Personal Trainer friend of mine called Alistair Booth.
My music tastes is a little cheesy but it tends to be a mixture of stuff (at the moment I have a Faith Hill album on repeat!). I’m lucky because the gym at uni also has TV access on the cardio machines so if I want to just do a light session then I find myself watching Pointless or something like that!
Fortunately, playing a team sport tends to keep me pretty motivated as I know that if I don’t work hard then I will be letting my teammates down. However, if I were to be offering advice to someone, I would say goal setting is really useful for motivation.
Haha! I would love to say that I go out and have some mad type of celebration but to be honest I am normally that tired after playing that I just end up going home and crashing in front of the TV! I am lucky that my boyfriend is very happy to do the cooking on Sunday evenings. Of course, if it is something like winning the league/getting promoted, like what happened last season, then the whole club has a celebration which is normally a good night with awards and a lot of partying!