Andy has been involved in his local football club since 2003. The club at the time was in a poor state, on the decline and with the under 16 team about to fold. Not wanting to see this happen he decided to take his coaching qualification and take over the running of the team. He then took over the role of secretary/fundraiser and has raised over £5000 over the last five years which has benefitted the club and charities alike. Having a busy day job as a relationship manager in commercial, he still finds 15 hours a week or more to give to the club. (He has also engaged his wife as treasurer and she runs the 'tuck shop') He represents the club on the parish committee and is instrumental in ensuring that the local community benefits from sporting facilities
In 2005 he became the Secretary for the Club which has grown from 11 teams then, to 19 teams in 2011.
The team he manages has had great success, winning promotions and cups continuosly. Three 16 year old players have gone on to represent the 1st team which is at semi-professional level.
Also the chief fund raiser, organising various events during the season such as, Dragon Boat Race, Barbeques & Race Nights. He is also a fully qualified referee & regularly officiates in local leagues & help out any team within the club who are in need of a ref. Now about to embark on a Level 2 coaching qualification this summer.
He is now also involved in coaching an all girls team which the club have never done before in its 25 year history.
The club continues to go from strength to strength. Just about to apply for Chartered Standard Plus recognition, which the FA only award to well managed clubs. His 'own' team are about to start it's first season in the Midlands Floodlit Youth League which is a very high standard & allows the U18's to prepare themselves for 1st team football at an even higher level.
The key impact on the community is that 300 children each year are able to take part in loca