A 12-year-old footballer who took on a charity problem to achieve 7.1 million keepy-uppies – one for each UK key employee – has been nominated for a Fifa award.
mogen Papworth-Heidel, from Hauxton, close to Cambridge, accomplished greater than 1.1 million keepy-uppies herself, with the remainder donated by individuals who joined in together with her problem final yr.
Greater than £22,000 was raised for charity, together with Present Help, with England and Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp amongst those that took half.
Now Imogen has been nominated for the Finest Fifa Fan Award.
The award, launched by the worldwide soccer federation in 2016, goals to “highlight an excellent second or gesture by any fan or fan group no matter league degree, gender or nationality”.
Imogen is certainly one of three nominations this yr.
The opposite two are German soccer followers who rallied to assist the victims of devastating floods, and Denmark and Finland followers who banded collectively in an emotional tribute whereas awaiting information about Christian Eriksen.
After the Danish midfielder collapsed throughout a Euro 2020 sport, Finnish followers chanted “Christian!” and Danish supporters responded with “Eriksen”.
Simply to be nominated is unbelievable however it might actually be mind-blowing to winImogen
Imogen mentioned she was “shocked” when she heard she had been nominated.
“I got here residence from college and my mum advised me that I used to be one of many three nominations for Finest Fifa Fan,” she mentioned.
“It’s such an honour to be representing the UK and to be representing the footballing group who all got here collectively throughout such a tough time within the pandemic, and I need to thank them for elevating cash for our 7.1 million keepy-uppy problem and the 7.1 million superb key staff.
“Simply to be nominated is unbelievable however it might actually be mind-blowing to win.
“It could be so great to gather the award on behalf of the hundreds and hundreds of individuals throughout Britain and the world who took half within the problem.”
Arsenal fan Imogen, who took up soccer on the age of six, reached greater than 7,000 keepy-uppies per day in the course of the problem.
She mentioned she was impressed to take it on after seeing the efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who accomplished 100 laps of his backyard earlier than his one hundredth birthday to lift cash for the NHS.
The Institute for Fiscal Research estimated the 7.1 million key staff determine, with round 22% of working-age folks within the UK employed in such occupations.
Imogen’s problem raised cash for the NHS, Thoughts, The Hearth Fighters Charity, Police Care UK, The Care Employees Charity, SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity, Schooling Assist, East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Belief.
The Finest Fifa Fan Award is set by votes from supporters, with the winner to be introduced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 17.
Vote at fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/fifa-fan-award