H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Spotlight | Emma Kershner
RICHMOND, VA (February 9, 2016) – As part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has announced the 2015 recipients of the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships (Health & Education Resources). Six women from across the country were chosen from a deep pool of talented applicants to continue their coaching development and receive a scholarship to pursue a USSF “D” or “E” coaching license. The ECNL launched this program specifically for ECNL Alumni and aspiring female coaches.
The program aims to encourage top current or former female players to enter the coaching profession, encourage continuing education within the profession, and continually raise the level of play in youth soccer.
Emma Kershner is a current member of the FC Virginia ECNL U18 team, committed to attend Indiana University next fall. “The ECNL has opened a lot of doors for me as a player, and I am excited to pursue my coaching education with their help.” said Kershner “I want to give back to the game and help inspire the next generation of girls to reach for their dreams, as my coaches have done for me.”
The ECNL caught up with Emma to learn about her journey this past year as a current player, the coaching education course she plans to attend, and her future aspirations.
Q: If you could have one super-power, what would you chose and why?
A: The one super-power I would choose would have to be reading minds. I think it would be awesome to have an insight on their next move.
Q: Snapchat or Facebook?
Q: What is one thing most people do not know about you?
A: I have an oversize bone in my foot. I am a nature freak and love to be outdoors.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Going on to grad school to continue my studies and pursue a masters degree in sports management or psychology. I believe this will help me as I pursue a career in coaching.
Q: What is your favorite emoji?
A: I really like bitmoji (you create yourself as avatar and then there are different emojis with your avatar for any occasion).
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Either Antarctica or Australia. Antarctica is one of the last places on earth to be touched by man which would spectacular to see. I want to go to Australia to see the wildlife and get to say I went to “land down under “and I also love the Australian accent so that is a bonus.
Q: Define “Success”:
A: Self satisfaction of reaching a desired goal.
Q: What is your favorite month of the year and why?
A: December, you get presents
Q: If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing, what would it be?
A: You can never put into to much work on and off the field.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Playing the fifa on ps3 and ice cream.
Q: Who is your favorite person/organization to follow on Instagram?
A: @rldesignz is an awesome account to follow for any soccer fan. There are videos of ridiculous goals, freestyle tricks and some humorous mistakes every player has made in their career.
Emma, you are an Amazing Young Women. Thank you for sharing your story and we look forward to following you as you continue your coaching career.
About Amazing Young WomenTM: Launched by the ECNL, the Amazing Young Women is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders. The ECNL is calling on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.
Women of all ages can share their personal moments of inspiration through social media and at www.AmazingYoungWomen.com. Every share and submission helps drive a movement that celebrates the power of what it is to be a girl today. Each month Amazing Young Women of the ECNL will be chosen from online submissions and social engagement to be showcased at AmazingYoungWomen.com. Through testimonials, tips and tools, the website is providing all girls to view, share, and celebrate what it is to be motivated, strong, and successful.
About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.