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Meet the Oxford City Casuals volunteers

Meet the Oxford City Casuals volunteers

By Mark Heelis
7 June 2017
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Find out why our coaches and support staff give their time and learn about the impact they have from players parents

Did you know over 15 million people in the UK give their time at least once each month. Volunteers week which took place from 1-7 June celebrates the contribution they make.

The volunteers at Oxford City Casuals make a fantastic contribution to our local community helping the children and adults we support be their best on and off the pitch. Whether it's taking registration fees and preparing refreshments; coaching our players or preparing for tournaments and events our volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of our disabled players.

The Oxford City Casuals coaches and support Staff

Dawn Adkins-Smith mother of Luke said "They [volunteers] are all fantastic. Each and every one has supported Luke and encouraged him to achieve his potential. Personally I would like to express our deepest thanks to them all. It really is a family and we know when Luke is at the casuals he is in the safest of hands and he enjoys every second".

We have over fifty registered players and our volunteers give their time at weekly training sessions 45 weeks of the year, which also includes participation in the Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire inclusive league - one of the largest disability leagues in the country.

Ros Fernley, mother of Bill said "Ever since we arrived we have been welcome by each and ever member of the team! All the coaches are generous with their encouragement and kind comments. Any issues are always dealt with consistently and fairly. Everyone is friendly and welcoming".

As part of volunteers week we asked our volunteers why they give their time. This is what they had to say:

Celia, Oxford City Casuals support staff

"I'm grateful for opportunities given to my son. It enables me to offer something back"

Mark, Oxford City Casuals coach

"I volunteer to support and develop others to achieve their goals"

Elle, Oxford City Casuals coach

"I love coaching children and adults. It is rewarding to see them progress and enjoy themselves"

Mason, Oxford City Casuals coach

"I enjoy being part of a great team and support network"

Sarah, Oxford City Casuals support staff

"I enjoy being part of a team and meeting new people"

Andy, Oxford City Casuals coach

"This is a special unique environment where all concerned come together & have a fantastic time"

Evie, Oxford City Casuals coach

"I enjoy spending my time with our fantastic group of Casuals. I have developed new skills"

Lee, Oxford City Casuals coach

"These fantastic players inspire me to help them play football and to be more social"

Laura, Oxford City Casuals support staff

"I enjoy giving my time to something I love. It has boosted my confidence"

Martin, Oxford City Casuals coach

"I love helping my local community and I'm passionate about football"

Bea, Oxford City Casuals coach

"I love to see the progression with each individual weekly on and off the pitch"

Mark Heelis, Oxford City Casuals manager

"It's great to learn new skills, make new friends & help children & adults be their best"

If you have been inspired by the Oxford City Casuals coaches & support staff stories come & join us! Register here or contact manager Mark Heelis to discuss volunteering opportunities.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with Manager Mark Heelis at mark_heeils@hotmail.com.

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