Avleen was just seven years-old when she told her mum she wanted to play football.
Her mother Gurlovejot, a volleyball player back home in her native India, had little knowledge of what opportunities were around for her daughter.
Luckily for both, close to their home in West London, the Nishkam School West London (NSWL) had recently been successful in its bid to become a FA Girl’s football Super Hub via the Barclays Girls’ Football Schools partnerships (BGFSP).
The BGFSP initiative, in conjunction with the FA, aims to get 75% of schools across England offering girls football as part of its curriculum. So far more than 12,500 schools have signed up to the BGFSP including NSWL.
Gurlovejot heard about the sessions being offered at NSWL and took Avleen along. Her daughter was hooked.
To further support her daughter’s love for the game, and grow her own interest in football, Gurlovejot then signed up to the FA playmakers course - an entry level course for anyone who wants to take up a more active role in the grassroots level of the game.
It's open to anyone aged 14+, completely free to sign up, and requires no previous football experience or qualifications to get the most of out it.
Both mother and daughter are now active members of their local Super Hub and attend football sessions together on a weekly basis.
To find out more about the opportunities to play football in your local area visit https://www.englandfootball.com/play