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The life of an Olympic judoka

Gemma Howell is a British judo player, who originally comes from Stafford. In 2018, she took home the Bronze at the European Championships in Tel Aviv. Gemma also previously competed at the home Olympics back in 2012. Then, most recently, she competed against other judokas from all over the world, in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. We spoke to Gemma and about her experience of the Olympics, asking her the questions that came in to us from our young ambassadors.

Emma Botham – Among Britain’s rising athletics stars

In the exciting run-up to the Olympics, we were delighted to get the chance to speak to one of Britain’s rising athletics stars. Emma Botham is a discus thrower, based in Derbyshire. She has been competing across the nation for a number of years, and her consistent progression (plus some pretty mind-blowing distances!) makes her a real one-to-watch.

Bella & Vicci: Falling head-over-heels for tennis

Although Bella is a little shy (I think we all find Zoom calls a little nerve-wracking!) when you start talking about tennis, it’s immediately clear just how much she loves it. Even if she isn’t fully aware of just how good she is, her enthusiasm for the sport is infectious.

Lucia & Sarah: Oxford United, keepy uppies, and Bob the deer

At just 10 years old, Lucia is on the brink of an exciting football career. As one of our young brand ambassadors and an aspiring to-be reporter, Lucia has her sights firmly set on ongoing sporting success. And so far, she hasn’t put a foot (or ball) wrong.

Love Of The Game with Olivia Bruce

Olivia Bruce started playing football when she was 5 years old and now coaches young girls at Develop Her Game, a specialist football coaching enterprise. She speaks with Alex Waite about how she enjoys both playing and coaching the game to the next generation of players.

Millie: Car Park Rides to European Races

Despite competing in national and international competitions across Europe in recent years, Millie Couzens was a latecomer to competitive cycling. But her cycling career has gradually progressed in recent years and she is now part of Team GB and elite Belgian Cyclocross team, IKO-Crelan. Millie talks to Alex Waite how she slowly engaged with the sport, why she loves the social aspect of cycling and two professional cyclists that she aspires to be like in the future.

Was the 2021 Australian Open a Success?

In 2020 and 2021, watching live sport behind closed doors has become a familiar sight.

The 2021 Australia Open was mostly different, however. Fans were allowed at some of the tournament throughout February, but changes to local restrictions meant fans could not cheer on the players for the entire event. As one of the first events to welcome fans (partly) back to watch top-level sport, was the Australian Open a success in February?

The Rise of The WSL

In recent years, women’s professional football has become more popular across the world. For this month’s Footwork in Focus, we take a look at what the WSL is and how it has grown to be one of the best women’s football leagues in the world.

Football Inspiration with Lauren Robson

Lauren’s coaching journey began in unplanned circumstances. She had originally trained to be a football referee but, at the age of 16, she was asked, out of the blue, to coach the Blyth Town FC under 11 girls – who were in need of a coach. Lauren talks to Footwork Magazine about her coaching journey, why she enjoys coaching, how young girls can get involved in the game and the future of the WSL and Lionesses.

How Elite Sport Stars Support Their Sport

Lots of non-professional players in sport often have to pay for their own travel, food, accommodation etc, which makes it difficult to pursue the sport they love.For February’s Footwork in Focus, we take a look at whether the largest earners in different sports could support the lower level players.

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