Football United youth leader Courtney Cocoran-Roberts is heading to Dallas in mid-June to join young leaders from around the world at the Michael Johnson Young Leader course, where she will be exposed to the environment of a world class sporting institution while receiving training and exploratory education in leadership, life-skills, cultural and community engagement.
Courtney will also receive an annual stipend to continue her academic, athletic, and social program over the following 12-months.
Courtney is a young Aboriginal woman from Kamilaroi country currently in her final year of study to become a Physical Development and Health Education teacher. She has been involved in Football United as a participant, coach and youth leader since her time at Evans High School in 2012.
Courtney has a love for all sports however her passion is with dance which has given her the opportunity to travel to San Diego to represent Australia at Hip Hop Internationals in 2015.
Since returning from working in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, her desire to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) youth within her own community has strengthened. Courtney considers herself extremely fortunate to be given guidance throughout her youth and believe that she should extend this same guidance and leadership opportunities to current ATSI youth.
She plans to work alongside Football United and the local community to develop and offer a culturally-specific program that uses sport to promote social change and to promote and strengthen positive social and leadership skills within the youth through these programs.