Sarah Orrett is passionate about everything she does, but most of all she is fanatic about Future Sports Club.
Growing up in the district of West Bay, Sarah got turned on to sports like most kids in her generation, but especially football.
Her sporting role models were Vicki Hew, Nila ‘Wavey’ Ebanks and Isley Ebanks, who were well known for their football prowess. But as time pressed on Sarah grew to realise that football was more geared toward men.
Through her contacts in sports and the assistance of her friend Shannon Seymour, Sarah was able to regain control of her life after the death of her grandmother, Louise Ackermon.
Coach Roy Huta Ebanks Bernie Bush and Mike Barnett approached Sarah about six years ago. They remembered from her early days in football and asked her to help them recruit a girl’s team for Future Sports Club. She assisted in recruiting 40 girls for Future’s first women’s tryout.
Sarah said she liked the enthusiasm of the young women.
From then on she used her come back story to steer young women away from drugs and alcohol and encouraged them to focus on God, education and their futures.
Her efforts, along with those of Coach Huta, Barnett, Bernie Bush and Floyd Bush, helped to build Future’s first female team.
One year after appearing on the football scene, Future’s women’s team went to the finals and picked up two awards – Best-Dressed Team and Most Disciplined Team. Members of Future’s women’s team now play on the U-19 and senior women’s national team.
‘I was asked to assist with John A. Cumber Primary School girls’ team. I wanted to do this because this team would one day act as a feeder for Future,’ Sarah said.
She also became Future’s office manager and assistant director for fundraising and public relations. She is the referee in charge of the Primary School Football League, and recently Sarah coached Boatswain Bay football team, a predominantly male team, to victory in the Department of Sports District League.
Sarah was also recently presented with a Community Service Award from Prince Edward for her tireless efforts within her Community.
Sarah works at Walkers and volunteers her time with the elderly on Saturdays and Sundays, making sure they have food, medication and attending to other needs.
‘I want people to know that it takes a community to raise a child. We in West Bay realise this and have gone to great pains to ensure kids don’t fall through the cracks,’ she said.
Sarah said she gauges her life with a saying from the Dalai Lama: ‘If you want to change the world, first try to improve and bring about change within yourself. That will help change your family. From there it gets bigger and bigger. Everything we do has some effect or some impact from there on.’
Sarah’s new project includes raising enough money to build an academy and clubhouse plus a playing field and facilities for other sports on land Future SC recently purchased.
‘These buildings and facilities will not be just for Future SC; they will be for everyone in West Bay and others around on the island,’ she said.