Soc­cer is for ev­ery­one

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

I know many girls in their child­hood would rather play with dolls than kick a ball in the muddy grass ( Guys, girls, goals!, Septem­ber 26). But I don’t care.

I still re­mem­ber when I was a pri­mary school stu­dent, my mother took me to a shop­ping mall to buy toys as my birth­day present. I ran to the soc­cer ball shelf and asked if I could have one. The soc­cer ball was not cheap, which was be­yond my fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial abil­ity. My mother asked me whether I truly wanted to play it. I nod­ded hard, and that’s how I got my first soc­cer ball.

Thanks to my fa­ther, who is a foot­ball coach doesn’t care I’m a girl, ei­ther. Al­most ev­ery day af­ter school, he took me to a small play­ground and trained me how to pass the ball, how to drib­ble and how to make a per­fect shot.

Though I didn’t be­come a pro­fes­sional soc­cer player, thanks to my mother and fa­ther, who never felt that a girl shouldn’t play soc­cer, I had the chance to know the spirit of sports and soc­cer.

Run­ning in the pitch, I felt free­dom. Ev­ery time we scored a goal, I un­der­stood team­work bet­ter. Play­ing soc­cer not only made me fit, but made me who I am to­day: a con­fi­dent, per­sis­tent and em­u­la­tive girl who never gives up eas­ily! So trust me: soc­cer is not a boy’s game. It is for ev­ery­one! Emily Walker, by email

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