€411.00raised of €111,111.00 goal
Hello, dear Reader, thank you for being here. As you might know, my name is Pamela Begić aka Pam. My story begins at 5 years of age, when I first started playing soccer professionally. I say professionally because that's how it was for me, I was dead serious about it. Soccer gave me a sense of belonging, joy, and love. All I wanted to do was kick a ball and be the best at it. I knew, at that young age, that playing soccer is what I wanted to do with my life, so I joined a boys' team because there were no girls' teams anywhere nearby. Little by little, with a lot of help and sacrifice from my mom, I trained hard and attended a high school soccer academy (for boys only, at that time) in the capital city Ljubljana when I was 14. That meant moving 2 hours away from home, living in dorms and being away from my family. At the age of 18, after graduating high school, I made a huge leap of faith and moved across the world from Slovenia to Gainesville, Florida to attend University of Florida (Go Gators). Becoming a student-athlete at UF was singlehandedly the best decision of my life. It enabled me to live my dreams beyond my wildest imagination. As I went through a complete rebirth of my identity, priorities, and goals, I discovered deeper layers of who I was. After I graduated, in December of 2016, I continued searching for glimpses of that supportive system I found at Florida in other professional soccer environments. I played in Italy, Cyprus, and Spain, for teams like AC Milan and Slovenia's national team. A little off topic, but for 6 months, I even worked as a personal assistant for disabled people in England, all in search of Service and Purpose...
After years of following my "little-5-year-old-dreams" my world came to a sudden stop. In June of 2021, after a difficult season in Spain, I couldn't relate to soccer like I used to and my world was crushed. I decided to come home to Slovenia to redefine myself and my most precious relationship--that to soccer.
My intention with this move was to catch a breath, gather my thoughts, and rekindle my spark and joy for the game. I figured, I either play this game like I did when I was a kid--with excitement, love and passion, or not at all. So I embarked on a journey of deep transformation and letting go. A hero's journey if you will...
Living at home, in Slovenia, meant playing amateurly. Last year, our first season was hard. Not getting paid for what I used to get paid for, playing in difficult conditions, learning how to communicate in Slovenian language (as funny as that sounds), everything felt completely new for me. I felt like a foreigner in my own land, however, I fought hard (and gently) and learnt new ways. We, as a team, had a great rookie season and I caught a second wind. By the start of the second season, the summer of 2022, I found my purpose and joy for what I do--accepting that it looks completely different than what I thought it would. My role is not only that of a player anymore. Besides being an active player, I am also an assistant coach, and I lead psychological preparations for the team. I'm also using my many other gifts and knowledge, such as organizing this fund-raising campaign, for example :)
In ŽNK Ljubljana I found my "WHY", my reason, my purpose. I found a way to use and maximize all my talents. Now, I am trying to grant this same opportunity to others around me...
Below you can read our story of who we are and what we're about as a team, as well as an establishment.
Thus far, we haven't been able to attract a bigger investor here in Slovenia, so we are looking internationally for support. A fun fact: establishing a new women's soccer club makes one entitled to 500 € of support from Slovenia's National Soccer Association. We received that support in the form of 5 soccer balls. We are grateful for all help, but to truly grow and raise the level of the game here, we need more financial stability.
Right now we are gathering funds that will assist us in all realms, on all levels. We are trying to financially grow to support our professional attitude and big heart.
The entire establishment has been working voluntarily. Every single person, from the president of the club, to the players, we've all been doing this work for "free". Your donations would help us change that and step into a fully professional environment.
Right now, as you can see from some of the pictures, we are in dire need of better training conditions (locker rooms, fields, game transportation, gear, etc.) to truly help us grow on the field, and create easier circumstances for our lives off the field.
We also need help to create a better infrastructure for the growth of our youth sector. Again, we are talking about proper training facilities, paying the coaches, game transportation etc.
If you can support and help us in any way shape or form, we thank you immensely.
May our story (written below) be the example of what can be achieved when one operates from a place of heart and love.
From the bottom of my heart, and in the name of our club, THANK YOU!
May you be blessed,
WHO WE ARE--WOMEN'S FOOTBALL CLUB LJUBLJANA:
In June of the Lord’s year 2021, a new Women’s Football club called ŽNK (WFC) Ljubljana was born. This club, established and ran by an all-female staff, is based in sLOVEnia; sharing the name of its capital city. All of us involved in the club are here with a mission to raise the level of sports, education, gender equality, and overall personal growth of each person, player, staff member, collaborator and ultimately everyone we come into contact with.
The founders of ŽNK Ljubljana are a unique group of WOMEN who are former (and current) soccer players and well-rounded athletes that have been tightly connected to sports their entire lives. In some cases in Slovenia, and in others abroad. Many of our skills lay in having studied and played professionally in countries like USA, Italy, Austria, UK, Spain, Cyprus and Iceland. With our wide array of expertise and education ranging from: licensed coaching, physical training, applied kinesiology and physiology, soccer analysis, anthropology, alternative medicine & healing modalities, and even a PhD in science and bio-medicine, we offer our players an interesting mix of teachings and a chance to grow as people through the sport we all love. We wish to bestow the blessings, guidance, conditions, opportunities, and support that we had to fight for ourselves when we were younger, or were not even a possibility at that time in history. Our vision is to pass on the knowledge we have acquired throughout the years of our own trial and error, and to raise the level of women’s soccer (and women’s sports in general) in Slovenia. We are the very first all-female staff in Slovenia’s soccer history. With all three coaches, head and 2 assistants , having many years of domestic & international professional experience under their belts—having played abroad as well as having competed for Slovenia’s national team. Our vision is to form and maintain a solid, long-lasting, healthy club--a firm foundation for generations to come. A place where we can all learn and grow as people, women, and soccer players. Last season, in our first year of establishment, we ended in 4th place with the same amount of points as the 3rd ranked team. We are also very proud to report that we managed to fight and win our way into the National Cup finals, where we lost with a minimal score of 1:0, coming in 2nd place--surprising Slovenia’s soccer crowd with our competitiveness and heart. In the next couple of years, as we gain more support and grow as an establishment, we envision to have a healthy youth sector and an adult team that is number one in Slovenia while competing internationally in UEFA Women's Champions League. Most importantly, we want to help girls and young women maximize their potential on their path to living their dreams.. We desire for this club to be a place of growth and refuge for those that are dedicated to soccer, healthy lifestyle, and pursuing their goals.
As our motto says: “Treniramo s srcem, igramo s srcem, zmagujemo s srcem” in English meaning: “We train with heart, play with heart, win with heart”.
We are asking for your help as we are currently in need of donations, financial support, sponsorships, mentorship, collaborations, good thoughts, prayers etc. that could help the expansion of ŽNK Ljubljana.
We are open to receive all sorts of blessings, in all shapes, forms and sizes. We are eager to learn and expand rapidly, so if you feel called and have the capacity to help please donate, or reach out to us for a collaboration.
or phone number: +38669841319 (WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram) ask for Pamela Begic
(assistant coach, player, & University of Florida alum)
With loving kindness and deepest gratitude,
team of ŽNK Ljubljana
- Pamela Begic
- Tjaša Tibaut
- Campaign Captain
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