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Girls' football coach recognised for her work as a role model for youngsters

Holly Searson from Nottingham will be taking part in the National Lottery Olympic Park run in London Photo: ITV Central

This Saturday, Holly Searson from Nottingham will be one of 5,000 people taking part in the National Lottery Olympic Park run in London.

She was nominated by friends for the event, who wanted her to be recognised for her work as a positive role model for youngsters.

At the age of just 23, she certainly has achieved a lot.

She began playing football at the age of 13, with high aspirations. Her talent on the pitch earned her a trial in America.

“This is my passion it's what I love through and through”.

– Holly Searson

It was in coaching that Holly found her true talent, however. She set her sights on becoming a world class coach, to help nurture new talent.

A spell as a coach at the New York Red Bulls followed, and she can now be found coaching the under 11 girls team at the Player Development Centre in Nottingham.

The centre is run by the Nottinghamshire FA to find and develop elite female players.

It is clear the girls have a great deal of respect for Holly, and enjoy their football sessions.

She's got a happy, smiling face and they all look up to her.

– Trevor Powell, Nottinghamshire FA

Holly says she was excited to learn that she had been selected for the run, and she’s looking forward to the big day.

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