Leaving home can be a tough proposition for anyone. I remember being in a complete state when I went to university at 19 and that was under two hours away! The latest film in the SSE Dads and Daughters campaign focuses on Flo Allen who did so earlier than most.
Flo started playing football at the age of six and has since developed into one of England’s brightest prospects. She made the difficult decision to leave home at just 16 to join a ladies team with a view to becoming a professional footballer. Her family home is in Norfolk and she now plays for Bristol City, so it was no small move. Going from a farm to a city must also have been quite a challenge.
Despite the geographical distance between them, Flo and her father Rob couldn’t be closer. And Flo says that she owes much to Rob for helping her get to where she is today. As well as a shared love of football, they look forward to their regular long phone conversations.
Flo is clearly very determined to succeed and says that she has had her dad’s backing since day one. The hard work and support is clearly paying off. She is now part of the England set-up and plays for the U17 team. What’s more, Flo is currently in Jordan as part of England’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup squad.
You can see Flo and Rob’s full story in the video below.
While it must be hard leaving home at such a young age – for child and parents alike – I think this is another brilliant success story. I would definitely follow Rob’s lead and support any of my children in the same situation. The prospect of them turning their passion into a career – particularly if it’s at the level Flo has achieved – would make me immensely proud.
SSE is one of the leading energy companies in the UK and supplies to around 8.21 million customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland. It became the first major sponsor of the Women’s FA Cup in 2015.
Young footballers like Flo benefit from the FA SSE Girls Football Participation Programme. This initiative runs with more than 60 clubs taking part around the country and aims to increase the number of girls-only football provisions.
To find out more about the work SSE are doing in women’s football visit the SSE website.
SSE’s Dads and Daughters series celebrates inspirational father-daughter bonds found at every level in the world of football.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.