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Sofik overcame many difficulties to receive her education and pursue her love of sport. From a young age Sofik had to support her family by working, forcing her to mature quickly and becoming more independent. Sofik’s father suffered from poor health leaving him unable to work, and so Sofik was left with a lot of responsibility to work part time in super markets and support her family. Sofik worked every minute she could to ensure that her family were provided for while still pursuing her academic and sporting ambitions.

Sofik works as an ambassador for FIFA’s “Live your Goals” program. Armenia is a country in which women’s football suffers from a lack of infrastructure, and a negative perception. Sofik travels through rural areas of Armenia to facilitate football training sessions and hold educational seminars for underprivileged girls to help remove these barriers to girls benefiting from football. She is also a Physical Education teacher at a local school and a certified football referee for men’s youth league matches in Armenia.

As a result of remote coaching support and MJYL sports training sessions Sofik taught 100 children about sport and sport for development in collaboration with the Armenian national team. With the support of a CAC program in Yerevan Sofik led a session training coaches in leadership and sport for social impact.  Her MJYL financial stipend and the CAC curriculum has enabled Sofik to use the games with her school students twice a week. The MJYL financial stipend has allowed 55 girls to have been taught in sport for development, and as a result of her local organizations support Sofik has been able to work with other coaches and teachers to help them become role models.

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Vanadzor GOALS girls league