Within our project „Kick it like Lira“, we’re primarily interested in supporting girls to become the best and fiercest version of themselves. As we learned in our last ‘sneak peak’ blog entry, many skills from football playing can be adapted to one’s educational career.
Similarly, to football, many branches still fight with negative and reducing prejudices on women’s required skills for the job. In order to prove that these prejudices are anything else but true, Girls’ Future Day, or abbreviated Girls’ Day is a nationwide action day, specifically aimed at broadening girls’ range of career choices. Moreover, it intends to motivate girls and women to take up technical and scientific careers and untypical jobs.
Local heroes – helping pave the way
Some of the girls presented in our project correspond exactly to this atypical job description. In order to maintain the perfect balance between career and athletics as a young person, you need all-embracing and professional support.
The “Kick it like Lira” project therefore cooperates with Anpfiff ins Leben, a non-profit association that supports young athletes and people with amputations in creating the best possible prospects for their private and professional future. A large network of schools, universities, associations, business enterprises and social institutions is actively involved in shaping the Anpfiff ins Leben
A personal success story of the finest
To give you the best example of how the goals of Girls’ Day can be turned into reality, we would like to introduce you to a very special young woman: One of the young female athletes are part of Anpfiff ins Leben is Michaela Specht who is not only kicking it like Lira but rocking it all the way to the top of the business world. At 22 years old, she is currently studying business education at the University of Mannheim in her sixth semester.
Simultaneously, she is playing her fourth season with the first women division of TSG Hoffenheim, in central defense. Meanwhile, the business education student has secured a regular place and can look back at 40 games in the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga. The defensive player, who was born in Upper Palatinate, played 33 games for the DFB U15 – U19 (German Football Association) national teams.
A supportive environment
In addition to competitive football and studies, the 22-year-old also relies on professional practice. During her term break last summer, she completed an internship at ABB’s Training Center in Heidelberg and was subsequently offered a position as a working student.
In the establishment of the company, the national league player is one of the few women among trainees and employees. Michaela Specht adds: “Not only men are good mechanics, electronics engineers or mechatronics engineers. The offer is just as interesting for women.”
We shouldn’t forget that strong women of tomorrow are raised in the present and young girls with dreams become women with vision. Read more about the history of women freeing themselves from prejudices about their gender.