How football turned a Darwen teenager's life around

Taome Caville

Taome Caville

First published in Darwen

A TEENAGER who turned her life around through sport has been chosen as a Football Association ambassador as part of its 150-year anniversary.

Taome Caville’s parents said they spent much of her childhood going in to see her headteachers because of her bad behaviour.

But, after the 16-year-old got involved with coaching at Darwen Rangers youth football club, they saw a big change.

Taome was invited to a glitzy London ceremony yesterday, attended by a host of famous faces from sport, including England manager Roy Hodgson, and former Manchester United star David Beckham. The invite came after being named Blackburn with Darwen Sports Council Volunteer of the Year, and then FA Young Volunteer of the Year.

Taome grew up in Tunnel Street, Darwen, and went to St Peter’s and St Barnabas’ Primary Schools, before going to Darwen Moorland High School, later to become Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA).

Dad Neil said Taome could be very difficult when she was a child. He said: “She was very firey and could blow up at the drop of a hat. All the way through her time at DACA we were up and down to see the headteacher.

“I got her into playing football, and when I was running Rangers I got her into coaching. She has loved it ever since. It really turned her around.”

Taome said she had been badly behaved as a child, but coaching at Darwen Rangers changed her life.

She said: “I realised that instead of punching a wall, I could go down and kick a football. I wasn’t on the right path. I wasn’t going the right way in life.

“When I took up coaching I realised that was my passion, and to be a coach I had to be a role model. That is when everything started falling into place.”

Taome, who started off coaching an under-sevens side, said she now hoped to embark on a long career in sport.

At the event she met former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira, who runs coaching academies in Africa.

She said: “I am trying to get some work there, and one day I would love to work at a professional club and coach full time. But I am still only 16. I want to do a bit of travelling and see a bit of the world. Hopefully, I can do that through coaching.”

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2:41pm Thu 17 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

So LT kids that behave well all there lives and do well don't get a mention , yet a trearaway who starts to play a sport gets praise, and meets arsenal players.
Not a good example is it.
So LT kids that behave well all there lives and do well don't get a mention , yet a trearaway who starts to play a sport gets praise, and meets arsenal players. Not a good example is it. 2 for 5p
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3:01pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Hovis1945 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
So LT kids that behave well all there lives and do well don't get a mention , yet a trearaway who starts to play a sport gets praise, and meets arsenal players.
Not a good example is it.
You twerp! She has managed to turn her life round and joined the good guys.
Good on you lass, keep up the good work.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: So LT kids that behave well all there lives and do well don't get a mention , yet a trearaway who starts to play a sport gets praise, and meets arsenal players. Not a good example is it.[/p][/quote]You twerp! She has managed to turn her life round and joined the good guys. Good on you lass, keep up the good work. Hovis1945
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4:09pm Thu 17 Jan 13

golazzo says...

Looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Good on her. Well done
Looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Good on her. Well done golazzo
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10:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

arrod baw says...

You carry on lassy doing a good thing and ignore people like 2 for 5p who must be a complete numpty ;)
You carry on lassy doing a good thing and ignore people like 2 for 5p who must be a complete numpty ;) arrod baw
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