We are delighted to announce that Mark Sanderson of Worthing United has won the Positive Football Environment Award as part of England Football’s Grassroots Football Awards.
This Award looks to recognise a volunteer who creates a fun, safe and inclusive space for everyone.
For over 25 years Mark has been involved with Worthing United.
He started as a dad watching his son train and quickly moved on to running the training sessions for kids as young as five.
He was Chairman and Vice Chairman of Worthing United Youth and has held the same positions with the senior team - he is currently Chairman, Secretary and Groundsman.
Mark was also notably incredibly brave and strong in the face of adversity following the Shoreham Air Crash in 2015 when unfortunately, two Worthing United players, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, lost their lives on their way to a match at the ground in Lyons Way.
Mark was the one who fronted up the situation and dealt admirably with the mountain of local, national and international press enquiries and attention, whilst also dealing with internal club matters and his own feelings of loss.