Team manager inspires, leads

2017-09-05 06:01
Photo: suppliedRyan Galvin (back, fourth left), manager of the Kloof High School’s U14 girls’ soccer team.

Photo: suppliedRyan Galvin (back, fourth left), manager of the Kloof High School’s U14 girls’ soccer team.

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KLOOF High Girls’ U14 soccer team manager Ryan Galvin has many notches on his belt.
He has led the team to many wins and inspires them to better themselves on and off the field.

The modest manager, however, says he is not solely responsible for the success of the team.

“I have a phenomenal coach, who I work closely with, and of course, the soccer girls themselves who have tremendous heart, soul and love for the game.”

In 2014 he became coach and manager of the girls’ touch rugby team, and in 2015 he started managing and coaching girls’ soccer at Kloof High.
“I am the school’s girls touch rugby coach and manager and it was just a natural progression from there.

When Galvin is not on the rugby or soccer field, he is at gym and is on the IPF KZN Powerlifting team.

His role model he said is his powerlifting coach, Grant Fullerton, who not only inspires and pushes him at gym, but in all aspects of his life.  
“That is what I strive for with my soccer girls, to inspire them on and off the field.

“Although the soccer season has only started, the girls have achieved a lot. Four of our girls have been selected for the district team, and as it stands the team is yet to lose a game.”

When asked about gender discrimination in sport and soccer being branded a “male sport” he said: “I believe that girls’ sport is severely underrated. Gender should never be a deciding factor or indication of one’s level of skill.  

“If one plays with their heart, their head is in the right place, they make sure they put in the hours at practice, and love what they do, then gender should not play a part. I do, however, believe more girls and women need to get involved in sports as it is both liberating and empowering.”

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