The people behind the football
Volunteers can often be the unsung heroes of grassroots football.
However, here at Middlesex FA, we want to make sure their hard work, dedication and success is celebrated.
Not only to give the volunteers the recognition that they deserve, but also to inspire others to get involved.
Michelle Nielsen has run Hounslow Hawks FC for over 10 years. The club provide regular football sessions for adults with mental health problems. Michelle was also one of two people who founded the North West London Mental Health League and more recently, has opened up sessions at the club for the county's entire mental health community.
Ickenham youth fc
The fantastic volunteer workforce at Ickenham Youth FC have allowed the club to significantly develop and grow over the last few seasons. They have sought and utilised funding, developed new teams and encouraged players aged 16-18 to complete coaching qualifications. They are now one of the biggest clubs in Middlesex and engage with the wider community to provide football opportunities for all in and around Ickenham. They have also supported disability football in schools and are introducing walking football sessions for parents.
One of the driving forces behind the popularity of Walking Football in Middlesex, Mick has got many people who thought they would never be playing football again, back in the game. As well as running a session every Friday night (which has around 40 participants), Mick organises games against other groups, tournaments, charity events and international trips. He is also a volunteer at a local disability team and delivers walking football sessions at care homes in Hillingdon.
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