We are delighted to announce that Harley Rowntree of Rustington Otters has won our New Volunteer of the Year Award as part of England Football’s Grassroots Football Awards.
The award aims to recognise and reward a volunteer who has arrived this year and made a positive difference.
Harley was new to the Rustington Otters team at the beginning of the 2022/23 season, but he didn't waste a second getting stuck in and getting to know the team.
During his time at the club, he’s put a lot of effort into making the environment fun, supportive and inclusive for all.
Harley works closely with all the lads offering positive encouragement all the way. In particular, one young lad playing up a year, whose confidence was low, has flourished thanks to Harley helping him work through this and use it to his advantage.
He always gives individual praise to every child, regardless of score line, the focus is first and foremost having fun and learning something new.
One lad especially who struggles with behaviour, concentration and faces regular school exclusions has settled well with Harley’s guidance.