Abigail Mills from Islington has received a £500 OCS Young Sports Person Award in recognition of her outstanding sporting ability. In the awards scheme, run in partnership with the charity SportsAid, football player Abigail beat stiff competition to win one of two runners-up prizes for the South East region.
14 year old Abigail started playing football on her residential estate, practising skills and tricks, with her friends. She then trained at a local boy’s football club before being scouted for Hampstead. After just half a season with Hampstead, Abigail was poached to play for Arsenal Ladies team, which gave her the opportunity to go to England training camps and an England international fixture.
She received an award for Primary School Sportswoman of the Year from Gillespie Primary, and took both the title of Player of the Year and the Player’s Player during her time at Hampstead. Aged 12, Abigail was the youngest ever player to go to an England camp and has played in the Arsenal Ladies Cup for U14s at the Manchester United Centre of Excellence, winning in the final rounds.
Previous OCS Young Sports Person Award winners include Olympic athletes, 400m runner Richard Buck, and gymnasts Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle MBE, along with Paralympic field athlete Nathan Stephens.
Chris Cracknell, chief executive of OCS said, “The OCS Young Sports Person Awards, now in its 14th year, highlights our commitment to supporting young people who are great role models, not only for their peers, but for many others in business and the community. Their drive and relentless determination to achieve their goals is inspirational. Our grass-roots scheme helps young athletes right at the start of their career when support and funding is needed most. Well done to the athletes who have been rewarded this year and we hope that they will have the same success as many of our past winners, some of whom look set to represent GB in London 2012.”