Since 2018 comes to a close, we catch up with the people from five of our favourite stories of this season as they think over the past 12 months, their greatest memories and plans to get 20-19.

Abdus Salaam – Lord’s Taverners cricket trainer

From troubled teen to awardwinning and cricket trainer with the Lord’s Taverners charity – Abdus was a portion of their training team at the Wicketz Festival, an yearly three-day cricket residential trip for young adults who have limited access into this sport.

Just how did the Wicketz holiday go?

“The experience was so amazing. Watching these boys play so well in what might have been, for the vast majority of them, their first-time playing chords, was excellent. It was truly remarkable to see the confidence of the children grow so quickly during the three days.

“there is just one team that played with a competitive match for the first time and registered one win, but celebrated as if they’d won the worldcup! It had been such an emotional encounter viewing such joy in their faces.”

What have you been up to since we met?

“Along with training at the Luton Wicketz heart beat, delivering sessions and supporting the kiddies, I have been working with the council in local charity events.

“I assist the police speaking into the childhood of Luton – around my experiences and how they could avoid going down the wrong path – and I play for a local cricket team .”

What would you’ve planned for 20-19?

“In 20-19 I expect to use my Wicketz experience and training eligibility to progress in my career and sooner or later become a main school PE teacher. The major thing for me is always to keep making my mum joyful as this is the main thing in my life.”

Moona – FA People’s Cup

You made it into the semifinals of this FA People’s Cup – the way was that?

“The experience was so amazing! The thing I remember the most was seeing all these girls from other ethnic backgrounds, races and class coming together and playing a competitive, yet friendly, game of football.

“I loved the fact that I was playing girls, because I meant I could wear what I wanted without believing looked at or judged.”

What have you been up to since the competition?

“I’m currently studying in Newman University and training across the side, expecting to receive my Level One badge at the end of May 20-19.

“The training I do at Saltley Academy plays a enormous role in helping me reach my aim of changing the stereotype that Muslim women don’t play football.

“I invite the girls to maintain an active lifestyle and to attempt to achieve whatever they want no matter race, background and culture.”

Exactly what exactly are your plans for 20-19? Are you really going to submit an application for the FA People’s Cup again?

“In 20-19 I would like to work in my football knowledge and play more competitive matches but, first and foremost, I am hoping to see a gain in female soccer players.

“I’d really like to play in the FA People’s Cup back, but I’m no longer at the team. But my sister is and that also I will continue to support her and those who are taking part as it gets me smile to see young girls getting involved with physical activities.”

Nick Coveney – Charlton Invicta

Sisters with Blisters

Yvonne Wadeson out of York moved from being barely able to conduct at the end of her street to completing a marathon. In September she ran the Great North Run with members of the’Sisters with Blisters’ face book group, a community of over 4,500 members which she set up last year – read her story here.

“SWB needed the perfect day. A number folks travelled together on the day and the atmosphere was amazing! It had been just like with really a long encounter with great buddies .”

What has the group been up to since?

“It has been business as usual since the run. We’ve had plenty of members motivated by the Great North Run join the group, lots of whom hadn’t ever encounter.”

What would you with Blisters have intended for 20-19 – would you be getting bigger and better?

“The group is growing in members and keeping them motivated is also now important. We’ve got a lot of fun challenges ready to place monthly, which range from personal struggles to challenges between the entire group.”

Fadi Ahmed – intense ice skater

Fadi Ahmed – aka The Ice King – moved from Saudi Arabia into Liverpool to create over his new brand of extreme skating.

What has been your highlight of 2018?

“My highlight has been asked to look on Dancing on Ice.

What have you been up to, ice skating wise, since?

“It has been going really well – I have been doing shows around and I recently appeared on today .”

What would you’ve planned for 20-19?

“I am going to soon be moving in the final year of the Industrial Design Engineering course and I’d love to obtain work related to ice skating whilst continuing my studies.”

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