Can you tell me what made you think about volunteering in the first place?

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.

Why did you choose to volunteer at BLCG?

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.

What support do you get from BLGC?

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.

What do you think the players get out of football?

They are not watching TV or on their games consoles and iPad.  They learn basic skills and interact with other children and stay active.

Do you coach girls in football?

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.

What are the challenges for you as a volunteer football coach?

Getting out of bed early every Saturday morning.

What do you get out of being a football coach?

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.

What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a volunteer football coach?

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.