Marlborough Youth Football Club (MYFC) is calling for parents, the public and club members to vote for their end-of-season Club Player of the Year.
Probably Marlborough’s largest and most popular youth community sports club with around 400 players partaking in twenty six boys, girls and mixed teams, the ‘Club Player of the Year’ is split into two awards – one voted solely by club members (Award 1) and the other voted by everyone – players, parents, and members of the public (Award 2).
All parents and members of the public are invited to take part in Award 2: ‘Parents and Public Vote’ and COVID-19 or no COVID-19, this is a chance for all the community to celebrate the achievements of the players…
MYFC invited the nominations below from MYFC Team Managers, for players in any age group, who have excelled in any aspect of their football, including contribution to the game, fair play, helping others, support and commitment, as well as ability and performance.
Vote by email to Stu Slater: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1) One vote per person.
- 2) All votes must be received by the end of 31 July 2020.
- 3) The winner will be announced on press or social media; and the presentation at a suitable gathering over summer or at the beginning of next season.
Oliver MacDonald-Smith (U12 Mixed)
“Oliver was absolutely outstanding on the pitch with powerhouse performances in both centre midfield and central defence, scoring some incredible long range goals game after game. The main reason I nominate him for club player of the year at MYFC for 2020/21 though in addition to his commitment, hunger and level of performance was his attitude to training and the way he responded when I asked him to change position to defence and encourage and bring into play our developing and established players. This was a major reason we went from losing most of our games before Christmas by the odd goal to winning the majority of games in 2020 and going on an exciting cup run. While he at times gave passable impressions of Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vierra, players around him contributed more and more and his passing and distribution was central to that”. (Nominated by Jon Davidson)
Kiara Francis-White (U13 Foxes, MYFC Angels)
“Our nomination for U13 Foxes Club Player is Kiara, who has been a vital part of the squad this year. On match days I think all the parents, players and coaches would agree she has been the backbone of the defence. Kiara, to an onlooker is a fearless player that will make every vital tackle and has on many occasions been like a brick wall to the opposition – great potential ready to be unlocked as the girls move towards 11v11. Kiara has been known to pick up the ball and take on many a player, not always getting the final product but never giving up. Behind the fearless player is a very gentle, funny and extremely likable personality – Kiara has matured so much over the last season and has become a delight to coach- getting the football part done but also helping to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for the girls. This hasn’t happened over night; Kiara has worked hard on her attitude and approach to training and matches and is now a vital part of the team on and off the pitch. We are all looking forward to seeing what player and individual Kiara is going to grow into”. (Nominated by Becky Knox).
Isaac Briers (U9 Mixed)
“Isaac epitomises grassroots football! He is always one of the first to arrive at training, never misses a session and is always willing to step in at the last minute if we are short of numbers on a matchday – even when he already has other commitments. Isaac has grown in confidence as the season has progressed and has obvious love and passion for the game. He never complains and is happy to play in any position. His enthusiasm really shines through and it is a real pleasure to have him in the group. His technical ability has also improved throughout the season and to cap things off he even got on
the scoresheet on a couple of occasions!”. (Nominated by Dan Green)
Olivia Hancock (U13 Falcons, Mixed; U13 Foxes, MYFC Angels)
“Olivia started football quite late, joining Marlborough Youth half way through the season at U9s in one of the mixed team. She was very shy and nervous but it was clear that she loved playing football and quickly settled into the group and even scored in her first game! Olivia has been playing mixed football every season since U9s and has blossomed into a technical, hardworking footballer who is confident and is always looking to improve herself. Olivia is quite a small player and playing in the mixed teams at older age groups is not easy but she relishes this challenge and I believe this has really helped to develop her game. Olivia has been the top scorer in the Falcons team for the past two season in the mixed league and also the top scorer in the Foxes teams as well for the past two seasons. Whilst I don’t count assists, she will also have a huge number of these too. She also scored the only goal for the Foxes in the Girls Cup Final that they won in 2019. Olivia’s progression has not gone unnoticed and she has been part of the Wiltshire Advanced Coaching Centre where she has trained for the past 3 seasons and has also been invited to be part of the Swindon Town Elite team this season. Oliva is certainly a talented footballer, but she also shows incredible dedication and turns up to almost every training session. She has only missed one training session that I can recount in the last two seasons and again only 2 training session for the girls which is impressive commitment. She has also often turned up to matches when she is not playing to support her team mates. Some opposition coaches and players have often commented over the years their surprise at our teams have one or more girls playing and I have personally enjoyed seeing them eat their words after matches where Olivia has scored a hatful of goals. She should be very proud of the number of coaches this season that have spoken of their admiration of her all round ability after matches. If Olivia keeps working hard and keeps challenging herself to improve, then she has a very bright future ahead of her”. (Nominated by Alex Reynolds)
Amy O’Sullivan – (U9 Angels)
“Great attitude in coming to support the girls when she herself couldn’t play because of an operation. Always positive, willing to learn and Great for team spirit, as well as developing in to a cracking footballer”. (Nominated by Matt Hodey)
Blu Diamond (U10 MYFC Angels)
“This season we have played up a league due to there being no league in our age group. Blu has played in every match playing in every position always giving 100% and always with a smile on her face. During the lock down Blu has been lifting spirits in the team by sending videos with fun training games for her teammates to try out”. (Nominated by Luke Cox)