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England Under-17 international Danielle Carter took some time out at the Leyton Orient Girls' Centre of Excellence recently in a bid to inspire budding coaches of the future during a question and answer session designed to raise the profile of the game in Essex's London Boroughs.
Lucky attendees at the latest in a succession of in-service events were treated to a special guest appearance by Orient Under-16s captain Danielle, who came along to give an insight into her adventures at last year's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand. The Three Lions reached the semi finals before bowing out to eventual winners North Korea and Carter was an integral part of the squad down under, proving her worth in the first group game with a two-goal outing in a victory over Brazil in Wellington.
Orient's Centre in Walthamstow joined forces with the Essex County FA to open their doors to coaches and teachers involved in the local female football scene with the aim of providing an insight into facets of the Football Association's C of Ex Programme. Essex' dedication to increasing participation in the west of the area was reinforced when Sharon Brownlie was named the first Girls & Women's Development Officer for the County's London Boroughs in October 2007, complementing the work undertaken in Outer Essex by Emma Burden from Chelmsford's County Office.
The event kicked off with Under-16 coach Mike Morris' presentation on the Centre and its aims, which took place at their main club headquarters. Coaches then moved outside onto the Sports Club Orient (SCORE) Centre's artificial pitch to witness a practical demonstration involving the Under-10s and 12s delivered by coaches Lisa Brivati and Julia Brosnan. After the practical, the evening was concluded with a question and answer session revolving around what the coaches had observed during the session.
Looking back on the evening, Sharon hoped it proved beneficial for players and coaches alike, explaining: "This is the second event we've held with Orient's Girls C of Ex which again gave coaches and teachers a great insight into how a centre works and what to look for when identifying gifted and talented players. Leyton Orient have an 'open door' policy with local clubs and their coaches which is great and goes a long way towards building positive working relationships between grassroots clubs and Centres of Excellence."
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