Katee Hui, 34, was a keen footballer in Hamilton, Canada, but when she moved to East London, she could not find enough opportunities for females to play. So, she started her own and founded Hackney Laces community club in 2011.
It now runs as a social franchise in three London boroughs. In addition to providing football to hundreds of girls and women, there’s an “off the pitch” programme designed to inspire and support participants beyond football.
Hui has just been named in Lucozade Sport’s inaugural Movers List – a list of 50 individuals whose volunteering, charity work or dedication to sport and exercise is inspiring local communities to move more.
“To me, football really isn’t ‘just a game”, said Hui. “Football is a family, a community, it’s a place to go and place to belong.
For me it was so important to have that. When I moved to Hackney, east London I looked into the provision for football for girls and found there really wasn’t any.
I started playing with a group of girls in a nearby park and more and more girls came along. I applied for funding to start a pilot programme and in 2011 the Hackney Laces was born.”
Hackney Laces now provides football for over 200 girls and women.
For more information and to find local facilities and classes to move more, visit http://www.lucozadesport.com/the-movers-list