Francesca is described as one of the UK's inspirational sporting role models, using her unique lived experience and footballing background to elevate young women from marginalised communities.
Francesca is described as one of the UK's inspirational sporting role models, using her unique lived experience and footballing background to elevate young women from marginalised communities. A living breathing testimony to young women and an award-winning British born, international speaker, princes trust ambassador, activist, and the chief executive / founder of Goals4Girls development programme. Through her work she is a globally recognised executive on sport for development, women in sports insights and female leadership. Francesca has been recognised by HRH Prince Charles and was the recipient of the pride of Britain awards, the football blacklist awards and an esteemed baton award. With her very own Statue, Francesca continues to endlessly dedicate her life to providing opportunity to young women.
The journey started when an injury aged 16 put a harsh stop to her professional footballing career, casting her ambitions to youth work. Firm in the belief that the football pitch is a sanctuary and tool for change, Francesca set up Goals4Girls to help young women explore issues such as identity, careers, body image and period Poverty. A member of the adidas Football Collective, Goals4Girls, has been able to successfully improve the wellbeing of hundreds of young women through carefully designed programmes, by girls, for girls – breaking down social and personal barriers to success in education and sport. With a mission to level the playing field for girls and young women, she also works to increase racial diversity and improve working conditions for mothers and mothers to be.