FutboLISTAS aims to show girls in Seville that soccer is more than just a sport, and that they are more than just athletes.
During every practice: we start with a discussion, in English, about one or two life skills; we illustrate these life skills through soccer drills; and we assign short homework assignments that allow the girls to continue to think about how they can apply these life skills to their daily life. At the end of each month, we arrange conversations with professional women in Spain who explain how these life skills have had an impact on their careers.
The benefits of playing sports are infinite: better health, higher self esteem, a decrease in symptoms of stress and depression, and increased energy and confidence to complete tasks and achieve goals.
According to this article in Forbes, "Research has shown that a background in sports enhances a woman’s leadership potential, helping to propel them to the highest ranks in fields where women’s representation remains anemic."
FutboLISTAS offers a fun, safe space in a girls-only environment where we empower girls not only to learn to play soccer and gain strength, but also to develop key life skills and to begin to think about their future careers.
We want our girls to feel proud to be strong, smart, prepared, and ambitious.
Brittany Gropp, Founder & CEO
Brittany is a lifelong soccer player who has worked in the realm of cultural exchange and youth development for five years. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, she has made her home in Sevilla since 2016. Brittany is a firm believer that girls are as powerful, smart, strong, and bold as boys are, and she's passionate about making sure girls have equal access to educational and career opportunities. She has over eight years of experience in partnerships, business development, and communications. Brittany taught English as a second language (ESL) for several years, including a year at a public elementary school in Madrid and several years of private tutoring.
Mary Keegan, Curricular Advisor
Mary decided to retire in Sevilla with her husband about two years ago. She had three careers in San Francisco, California – teacher, editor and lawyer. She has decades of experience designing curriculum tailored to specific student needs. As a lawyer, Mary represented children with disabilities and their parents, helping them to secure an appropriate education. She is delighted by all aspects of the development of girls (and boys) – physical, intellectual, emotional and social. Mary looks forward to a strong partnership with families and to the progress of each girl while we all have fun.