The citation for the award reads:
"Bill has been involved with football in Woodley since 1999 when he first joined Woodley Hammers FC as a parent of sons who wanted to play football. From the outset Bill recognised that clubs are only as strong as their volunteers and immediately agreed to help with the coaching and managing of Woodley Hammers mini – kickers (preschool) and u7 age group.
The managing of a team continued for ten years, including going on tour with the players, while he also looked to get involved in other aspects of the club which saw him being chairman eight years immediately prior to the merger of the club with Woodley Town FC and Woodley United Ladies FC to form Woodley United FC in 2015. He was also Deputy Chairman of Woodley United Ladies FC from 2011 – 2015, being a key player in recognising the benefit of having one club dedicated to the provision of female football in Woodley.
Managing a team can be a thankless task involving not just match day activity but arranging training sessions, ensuring a team has kit and equipment and for youth players ensuring they are able to get to and from venues.
At both Woodley Hammers FC and at Woodley United FC, Bill is aware of the need for fund raising events and for numerous years has been and still is a major contributor to the annual youth tournament held over two days at the end of May / beginning of June weekend. His involvement ranges from being planning the event, organising equipment, purchasing trophies and being on site most of the weekend either running the bbq or on hand to help where needed
Bill was a major player in the One Woodley project that involved persuading Woodley Hammers FC club members to the benefit of merging with two other Woodley clubs and has been Woodley United FC’s president since 2015 and a member of the club’s event committee. He can be rightly proud of his contribution in making the club the success it is today with over thirty teams ranging from mini-kickers to adult including a ladies and veterans team.
Bill’s knowledge of football is second to none and his experience is a great support to those currently charged with running Woodley United FC.
2019 will see Bill celebrate twenty years of being an active volunteer in providing football for the community of Woodley and it will be fitting if his service is recognised with a Woodley Town Council Citizens award."
Well done to Bill on this much deserved award.
Updated 19:03 - 31 Mar 2019 by Mark Rozzier