We are delighted to announce Jess Klamm from Roffey Robins Atletico has won our Rising Star of the Year Award as part of The FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards.
The awards aim to recognise and reward volunteers, match officials, clubs and leagues across the county who have made a difference to grassroots football in their local community.
Jess is a young volunteer at Roffey Robins Atletico where her dad is a coach and her brother a player. She initially started out helping around the club 18 months or so ago by setting-up drills and undertaking tasks on behalf of the manager.
She is now a fully integrated part of the support team, running the first drill of a training session and leading pre-game warm-up routines. She carries out her roles with a confidence, calmness and understanding of the game that is beyond her years. She exudes confidence and has established a fantastic rapport with players and coaches alike.
Jess is a fantastic female role model, having a young, able, female volunteer who is at every training session and match shows she is dependable, and sends a strong message to the team and those on the touchline. The team give her the upmost respect and listen to her instructions intently before carrying them out.
The sheer commitment come rain or shine from Jess is admirable. Every match-day she records the player stats (passes, shots, assists, minutes played, etc.) and updates them afterwards, allowing the coaches to have a comprehensive understanding of their players, which they use to help with squad selection.
Jess is currently too young to start her coaching badges, but wants to become qualified coach in the future, and Roffey will be supporting her with that goal as much as they can.
Ultimately, Jess stands out as a fantastic young female volunteer, who is very deserving of this award and hopefully has a bright future in the game…
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