Aaliyah Nolan aiming to inspire next generation of female footballers
Aaliyah Nolan is determined to use her platform to inspire the next generation of female footballers in Bermuda.
The Leeds United and Bermuda forward is one of a host of the island’s female contingent making strides in the game overseas, alongside the likes of Kenni Thompson and LeiLanni Nesbeth.
The women’s game on island is set for a significant boost in the coming years owing to a $500,000 grant from Fifa, as well as big tournaments such as the Women’s World Cup and the Concacaf Women’s Nations League in 2023.
Speaking on what was International Women’s Day yesterday, Nolan is unwavering in her ambition to help women’s football fulfil its potential in Bermuda.
“I would love to see people more involved with the women’s game back home in Bermuda, more and more girls playing,” said Nolan, who was speaking to the ProChance social-media channels.
“I suppose it’s the same everywhere and we must be more proactive ourselves in seeking out opportunities, training, clubs just to enjoy it first and foremost. If I can help others, I will.”
Nolan made the move to England from the United States to sign for Leeds in 2020 and had helped the club reach fourth place in the FA Women’s National League Division One North standings before the campaign was paused after six fixtures because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reflecting on her time at her present club, the Bermuda player reiterated her desire to act as a positive inspiration and role model to aspiring female players to follow their aspirations.
“I’ve been in England for eight months and despite the pandemic, I’ve loved every minute,” she added.
“I’m trying to reach as many kids as possible with this message. It’s a big world out there and us women can achieve, so go for it and enjoy the game and enjoy your journey.”