Poppy Comer joined Everton Free School in October 2012 after being asked to leave her previous school where her lack of engagement in learning led to confrontations with staff and poor levels of attendance.
Three years later and the 18-year-old is looking forward to a bright future as she closes in on her final weeks of her apprenticeship with Everton in the Community.
After achieving 6 GCSE’s at Everton Free School, Poppy, through hard work and determination, earned herself an apprenticeship at the club and the early months of next year will mark the completion of an NVQ Level 3 in Sports Development.
Alongside her studies, Poppy also recently took a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. She raised £1300 and together with the club’s donation of £200, Poppy travelled to Capetown with HQ Coaching where she visited 10 different schools and carried out coaching sessions with pupils aged 5-19.
Poppy also delivered an assembly to over 1,500 students and staff about being a role model and their importance to young children. See the video here:
Speaking about her recent trip to Capetown, Poppy said: “South Africa was an eye-opening experience for me.
“The children and pupils appreciate absolutely everything that is being offered to them. The children welcomed me with a song too which was incredible.
“I’d love to return to South Africa at some stage to continue to support the children we have met.”
Poppy also recently won the Sky Sports Community award for her involvement and support with the Liverpool Homeless Football Club. Read more here:
An unforgettable trip to South Africa, the recipient of the Sky Sports Community Award and much more, but what next for Poppy Comer?
“I hope to get a full-time job as a coach for Everton in the Community and looking further ahead I hope to return to South Africa,” She said. “I want to go back with my own project that is backed by the club. That’s the dream.”
Deputy Principal of Everton Free School, Claire Lamontagne, has closely followed Poppy’s journey from day one and she has urged her to keep on pursuing her dreams.
She said: “I’ve known Poppy since she was 11-years-old and I have seen her flourish into a mature and professional young lady.
“Over the last three years, she has achieved so much and she should be proud of where she is today.
“I’m sure she will continue to work hard to achieve her dreams and she is the perfect role model for all other students to achieve their dreams too.
“They can only look at Poppy’s journey and see anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
- 1st year NVQ activity leadership award
- First Aid Certificate
- Safeguarding Certificate
- FA Level 1 Football Coaching Badge
- Level 1 Basketball Coaching Badge
- Level 1 & 2 Dodgeball Coaching Badge
- Community Sports Leader Award
- Higher Sports Leader Award
- Manager of the Season Award presented by Club Ambassador Graham Stuart
- Barclays Spirit of the Game Award presented by first-team stars Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines