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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Profile: Kate Wilson
Karl HallTerrance WallenDavid ConnisZaynab AhmedKyle StewartKate WilsonGraham LupepeJamal Othman

My name is Kate Wilson and I am 24-years old. I currently reside in Paignton but I grew up in Bedford.

I got involved with Your Game through the Foyer Federation (an organisation which helps young people with accommodation) and was invited to the launch - and the rest is history.

I currently coach two five-a-side teams both called the Paignton Panthers, one male one female (who made it through to the Your Game final), both aged from 16-24 where all participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I also coach an 11-a-side team called Ivybridge Ladies.

I do a lot of work the Homeless World Cup and recently went to this year's tournament in Copenhagen off my own back to help mentor two young Foyer reporters who won the opportunity to report on it, which is how I got involved last year.

Kate Wilson

I get asked all the time why football and it's hard to answer. It's my passion - there's no rhyme or reason - I just love it.

When I was made homeless at 16 the company I was keeping was not great.

I was in and out of hostels and night shelters where I interacted with a lot of people that were dependent on drugs/alcohol and getting into trouble with the police.

When I got stressed and couldn't handle life football was my drug it drove and provided me with an outlet.

I want to coach football and bring football into more people's lives, you don't need to be a professional footballer to get something out of the game.

I know football can help from first-hand experience and from the coaching I am already doing especially with my girls.

It's incredible what a game of football can do for their confidence.



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