PNECET has nominated three individuals for their outstanding contributions on Premier League-funded programmes to mark the tenth anniversary of the Premier League Charitable Fund.
The Premier League Charitable Fund was established in 2010 to distribute funding provided by the Premier League to professional clubs across England and Wales, supporting the delivery of local outreach initiatives.
Such initiatives include the PL Kicks and PL Primary Stars programmes; providing free football sessions for eight to 18-year-olds, and using the power and appeal of football to inspire primary school children through cross-curricular learning, respectively.
Preston School Games Organiser Harriet Waring was winner of the Primary Stars facilitator award, while Dave Anderson was recognised for his work at the Callon Kicks session with the Kicks facilitator award, and Paul Woods’ journey from attending Kicks at West View Leisure Centre was marked by him receiving the Kicks participant award.
Harriet, whose role is to provide sporting opportunities for pupils across Preston and connect primary school staff, said: “I’m overwhelmed that I’ve been nominated for this award. It’s my pleasure to work with PNECET, they offer great resources and facilities for all the young people in Preston and the wider area, as well as our community.
“It’s a privilege to facilitate the resources they have on offer and I really enjoy working with them in our Preston partnership.
“The Primary Stars programme is greatly valued in all schools, as well as the events that work alongside Lancashire School Games.”
Paul progressed from attending the Kicks session at West View Leisure Centre to becoming a valued member of the Preston’s Centre of Sporting Excellence education programme, now into his third year of studying a diploma in sport.
He said: “It makes me feel good because it’s made me more social and got me introduced to more people and it’s developed my skills as a footballer and I think I’m better than I was.
“It’s made me learn a lot more and come to the realisation of what I’m doing, how I’m getting older and what I need to decide to do. It’s made me think what I want to do when I’m older.”
Kicks facilitator winner Dave added: “On behalf of the Callon Kids Club, I’m very proud. It’s nice to be nominated with people like Mel Brown, Rob Walker [past Kicks co-ordinators] and the coaches I know.”