Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City’s foundation, City in the Community (CITC) to meet Hollie Heil, who having joined the club’s OneCity disability programme five years ago, has now graduated to become a coach.
During this time, Hollie, who has cerebral palsy, has gained her BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in sport, became an apprentice with the City in the Community team and currently delivers both the school sports and disability programmes.
The film in this article has been created to showcase the foundation’s work around disability and inclusion. It has been created to help showcase the second season of the three-year disability programme partnership between the Premier League and BT.
Hollie was first introduced to CITC five years ago, when she started attending the OneCity disability programme. Hollie came to the programme after she found she was struggling to play mainstream girls football due to her Cerebral Palsy, which was also having an effect on her confidence.
During her time with the programme, Hollie quickly developed both her football skills and confidence, and captained the One City disability girls team, and represented CITC in Switzerland. In 2015 Hollie enrolled on to the foundation’s 2 year BTEC course, where she undertook a variety of topics taught through classroom and practical sessions.
On top of this, Hollie started playing mainstream girls football with the other students on a weekly basis. After gaining her BTEC, Hollie went on to become a CITC apprentice.
The award-winning BT Sport Films team is producing and broadcasting short films on individuals and storylines involved in the Premier League and BT Disability programme, raising the profile of the project and the clubs’ broader inclusion work to millions of people.
Following an independent funding application assessment process, successful Premier League clubs will employ a dedicated Disability Officer responsible for co-ordinating the programme and promoting inclusion. Disability Officers will work with local agencies to amplify existing work and deliver programmes that engage disabled people through sport. Sport will be used to provide a range of opportunities such as volunteering, education, employability, and apprenticeships.