Grisell Atenas “I would like to be a reference for the girls and women of the community”
Grisell Atenas is a 21 year old girl who has earned her space thanks to her capacity for participation and organization. Years ago I began in a distant field of the neighborhood El Molino, in Puente Alto, when i was a child and played in the category “girls” in the neighborhoods that foundation Fútbol Más works.
It has been more than four years since those games and because of the passion for football and the children of his neighborhood she became a leader, becoming a reference to the other children who could use the ball as a tool to avoid falling into the circles of vulnerability that many times they are confronted.
After this, Grisel decided to study physical preparation and became a teacher in another neighborhood: El Caleuche de Puente Alto
“At the beginning it was a bit complicated because I thought that they would not take me so seriously, but later when I started with this I decided to do it and that’s it. It was a challenge. The theme of football is still a men thing. A woman, and more if she is a little girl of 15-16 years old, who is doing classes was a bit taboo”,she says.
Despite the doubts, Grisell knows that the challenge he has taken is great. In 2018, she applied to be a tecaher at the Socio-sport workshops of Fútbol Más in the town of Ranco, where she lives and lives with the community.
“I would like to be a reference for the girls and women of the community. I hope to leave the little bug in one od the girls or leaders, which serves to inspire the kids who are on their way to be leaders and thus promote gender equity”, says Grisell
This participation of women in sports venues such as football is also reflected in the neighborhoods of all of Chile, where it is often mothers or women who encourage sport in girls and boys, as a space for the protection of children, breaking the stereotypes that soccer is a sport for men.