Grace Vella | Founder

Hello, my name is Grace, and I am the founder of MissKick!

The idea came from my own experiences of being a young girl who grew up obsessed with football. My childhood was spent kicking a ball wherever I could find space, whether that be at school, on the field or with my team mates. However, I always felt that being a girl put me at a disadvantage in football. Through MissKick, I aim to change this for young girls growing up today.

"Ending the stigma"

We aim to tackle the perception that football is a 'male' sport and remind girls that there is a space for them in the football world.

"Creating an identifiable brand"

MissKick provides girls with something that they can identify with, and relate to -a brand just for them.

"Levelling the playing field"

By raising money through sales of merchandise, we look to increase opportunities available for girls to engage with football.

A little bit about me...

I grew up in a small town in West Lancashire called Skelmersdale. I was always into football with having a brother and living close to a football playing field. I signed for my first grassroots team when I was 9 called Skem Athletic. At the age of 12, my dreams came true, and I signed for Liverpool Football Club. I played here for the next 5 years until I reached the Development squad. When I turned 17, I made the move to Manchester City and played here for a season. At 18, I was released and unsure about my future in football.

I decided that I wanted to go to University, so moved to Manchester to study Psychology. During my first year, I played for the University team, however I quickly realised I missed playing football on the weekend. When I was 19, and in my second year of University, I decided to sign for Wigan Athletic.

In my third year, I completed a placement working for a charity that provided accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness. It was this year I had the idea for MissKick. I wish I could tell you the exact moment I had the idea, or the day I came up with the name, but in all honesty, I don't remember! Before I knew it, I was designing prototypes and setting up my website. I launched MissKick at the annual Skem Athletic Tournament in 2018, and I've continued to grow and work on the brand ever since.

I am currently in my fourth, and final, year of studying Psychology and this season have signed for Chorley FC. Balancing University, football, and running MissKick is a daily challenge, however I enjoy the chaos!

I love the excitement of not knowing what MissKick could become and that I get to share the journey with you.

Here's to creating change!