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Chislehurst grassroots football volunteer receives award

PUBLISHED: 15:36 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 11 November 2015

Nikola Curtis

Nikola Curtis

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Nikola Curtis won the FA Charter Standard Volunteer of the Year award at a Wembley Stadium ceremony

Grassroots football volunteer Nikola Curtis from Chislehurst has been honoured as the 2015 FA Charter Standard Volunteer of the Year at the London County FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

Taking place at the legendary home of English football itself, Wembley Stadium, the ceremony celebrated winners throughout the county with a total of six people collecting awards.

The event was attended by an esteemed crowd including former Tottenham Hotspur player Gary Mabbutt.

Ms Curtis picked up her award thanks to her ongoing commitment to football in their local area.

She is the club secretary for Glebe FC and has been responsible for its organisation and expansion over the past 10 years.

Never anything less than friendly, she puts in hours of work every week organising pitches, referees, signings, registrations, club functions and events, and deals with all the problems associated with the 27 teams.

She also helped organise the transition of the club to its new home ground in Foxbury Avenue in Chislehurst whilst holding down her own job at the same time.

Her knowledge of grassroots football and the practices leagues and cup competitions make her the first port of call for anyone needing help in the club, and she always makes time for everyone.

McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst, said: “The FA Community Awards are a fantastic way of recognising true grassroots heroes such as Nikola.

“The work that goes into providing football for hundreds of kids every week should not be underestimated and these awards are richly deserved.”

McDonald’s Franchisee, Terry Eagles, a keen supporter of grassroots football in London, added: “Football in England simply wouldn’t be the same without the volunteers who put in so much time and effort.

“These type of people are vital to their local club and communities.

“I want to congratulate everyone who collected an award on the night.”

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