BUCS and FA Volunteer award for Keele football captain

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Posted on 12 May 2011
Peter Ackerley, Senior National Game Development Manager, said: ‘Nothing we do here [Wembley] achieves anything if you, our volunteers, aren’t doing what you do – you make the difference!’

Keele University Football Club captain, Sean Szabo, was among the best of Higher Education Football and Futsal volunteers to converge on Wembley Stadium to celebrate their success and receive much deserved rewards.

Ten students from across England joined other volunteers from Further Education and young people involved in the FAs Leadership and Volunteering Programme, Football Futures, to receive awards and congratulations from some of the big names in Football Development. Peter Ackerley, Senior National Game Development Manager kicked off proceedings highlighting the importance of grass root volunteers by saying: ‘Nothing we do here [Wembley] achieves anything if you, our volunteers, aren’t doing what you do – you make the difference!’

BUCS winners received their awards from Cai Robbins, BUCS Football Development Coordinator and Danni Every, Head of FA Learning and were individually celebrated for their commitment to the beautiful game.  All the HE volunteers have achieved great things this season. Some have developed and coordinated their universities intra mural programmes providing hundreds of players with more and better football and futsal opportunities. Others have worked in the community, delivering coaching and performance analysis to improve pitch performance.

Sean, who is studying Business management and marketing at Keele, did 250 volunteer hours in coaching, event planning and administration. Many of the students are currently studying at universities across England and have been using the experiences gained from the programme to develop football on their campuses, while also mentoring younger students in the FA programme. All these FA graduates will be invited to take part in the BUCS Leadership and Volunteer programme next year and will be involved in shaping the development of the programme to ensure we are meeting the needs of students involved.

All students who volunteer in Football and are studying in a Higher Education Institution are able to join the BUCS Leadership and Volunteer programme, Football Futures, online and are eligible for these awards next year. Anyone can see updates about football and futsal volunteering, including photos from this event, and other BUCS Football and Futsal Development news at facebook.com/bucsfootball.