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Chigwell girl gains national recognition
 Women's Football News 5 Aug 2009
 
Woodford County High School student, Jade Haron, has rated the recent FA National Young Leaders' Camp as "an amazing experience" as she joined two other nominated prospects from the County at the University of Warwick between Monday 13th and Friday 17th July to develop her volunteering skills.
 
Jade was selected by the Essex County Football Association to take part in the prestigious event alongside Chafford Hundred's Matt Dibble and Jo Ribet from Maldon. Only the top 100 young football coaches and volunteers from across the Country were invited to the Camp which included courses on goalkeeping, creating a positive environment, dealing with pitch injuries, equality, Futsal, 5-11 skills coaching and football science.
 
"I found the disability coaching the most interesting because it really gave you an insight on how to change your session so that it is inclusive for all types of people, whether they are deaf, blind or amputees," explained Chigwell-based Jade, who gives up her spare time to improve football provision within her school. "It was also very enjoyable to do the media training workshop as we had to create a TV news show about a football event. We found it very hard keeping the time down to exactly three minutes!"
 
All three individuals were chosen for the special role having impressed during the event's one day County equivalent held in Colchester in April, which also saw some of Essex's brightest youngsters aged 15 to 18 brought together to enhance and develop their leadership skills as the next generation of football leaders. Lloyd Groves, 2008 National Camp attendee, began the day with a presentation of his experiences in Nottingham last year.
 
Jade, 17, continued: "Overall, I had a really enjoyable time and I really want to thank the ECFA for allowing me to go to such a great event. The week was jam-packed with courses to help improve the Young Leaders and there was something to cover everyone's taste. It gave a look into all sides of volunteering in football and was an amazing experience for everyone lucky enough to be invited."
 
Those sentiments were echoed by 17-year-old Matt, who currently volunteers at his local FA Charter Standard Community Club, Little Thurrock Dynamos. He has played for the club for nine seasons and has refereed for them for three of those, also serving on their committee as Referee Secretary. He added: "I learnt so many new skills in so many different aspects of football. The experience was amazing and I have made so many new friends from all over the Country. I would suggest anyone who gets picked to attend the Camp grabs it with both hands it is a once in a lifetime opportunity!"
 
Essex' new brood of helpers are now supported by new ECFA Workforce Development Officer, Dan Bates, who recently stepped into the role at the County Office in Chelmsford. Dan was delighted with the progress made by the talented trio, and explained: "Matt, Jade and Jo have shown a dedication to volunteering within their club or school and commitment to improving their skills and knowledge for the future. It was a difficult decision who to choose as all the applications received were of a high standard and highlighted the invaluable volunteering work of young people across the County."

 
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