I was watching the premiership football on TV back in 2009, and thought to myself I had a bit of spare time, I could do something around volunteering and sport.
I am a Bolton Wanderers fan and I knew about the club from years ago, so thought it would be a great place to volunteer.
There is lots of support in all areas. I can get tips on how to manage kids, technical tips and how to run football sessions. I don’t need much support these days, however, it is always there if I need it from the staff.
They are not watching TV or on their games consoles and iPad. They learn basic skills and interact with other children and stay active.
Yes, however, not enough. We need to try and get more girls involved in sports. Having more female football coaches would help, as it would send a strong message to girls.
Getting out of bed early every Saturday morning.
I believe that football and sports can break-down barriers that segregate communities such as race, faith and skin colour. It can bring kids together and their parents. It also keeps kids off the streets in a safe environment.
On a personal level, it has also opened many doors for me and given me opportunities.
Ignore all the reasons you give to yourself for not doing something, and challenge yourself to do something that pushes you and find the time.