Throughout her teenage years Francesca, 25, from Bromley, suffered from depression and lived and cared for her grandmother.
Francesca's father was in prison and she didn’t have a strong relationship with either of her parents.
"My grandmother was my rock and she did the best she could for me, but it was tough. I always felt like I would never amount to anything and I didn’t have the support I needed from other people to fulfil my dreams.
Francesca joined our Enterprise programme in January 2015. She then successfully launched her company, Goals4Girls, and now provides a football development programme to young girls aged 11-16, offering coaching, workshops, qualifications, trips as well as mentoring sessions focusing on life skills and personal development. She also looks after her four-year-old son, who she counts as her biggest inspiration.
"Although my dream to be a professional footballer didn’t become a reality", says Francesca, “I’m passionate about helping other young girls reach their full potential and giving them the encouragement and training they need, which is something I never had."