Each day this week, Liverpool County FA will be announcing the local winners of this year’s FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards, which recognise the hard-work, dedication and commitment of the individuals, clubs and leagues across the nation’s grassroots football community.
Young Volunteer of the Year – Sam Delaney
Huge congratulations to the 2018 Young Volunteer of the Year winner, Sam Delaney.
Over the last three years, Sam has volunteered to coach boys and girls, aged 4 through to 7, at Holy Rosary Junior Football Club in Aintree. He’s always tried to progress and enhance his football knowledge – and in addition to being a qualified referee, he has also participated in coaching seminars for young people at Liverpool FA, which included the inclusive coaching of blind players.
Sam has dedicated each Saturday morning for the past three years to the coaching and development of young players at Holy Rosary JFC and is responsible for being part of seven junior teams starting-up in the area. He has a knack of making young players comfortable and makes them believe they are the best in the world. Sam gives them great confidence in order to play in teams and be team players.
A role model within his local community, Sam was nominated by his club for the Aintree Parish Council Youth Award this year for developing young people in sport. Alongside his coaching, Sam referees in the Bootle Junior Football League and is respected by players, parents and the league committee. He loves the game and makes sure that everybody, regardless of ability, enjoys it.
This is a thoroughly well-deserved accolade for a fantastic servant to grassroots football on Merseyside. Well done, Sam.