Another volunteering success
Ashton United in the Community Volunteer James Wotherspoon has managed to gain employment with Taylors Bakery, Ashton.
James has been working as a volunteer at Ashton United Football Club for the past few years, during which he has gained valuable experience and skills to enable him to seek full time employment.
Ashton United Vice Chairman Steve Hobson commented, ‘Everyone at Ashton United is thrilled for James. He has given countless hours to the club volunteering and we have seen him grow in confidence and self esteem. James has always wanted to get a full time job. In football parlance, Taylor’s Bakery have made a huge signing!’
On Tuesday 16th April 2019 a packed clubhouse witnessed a presentation ceremony to the clubs fantastic band of volunteers, each volunteer was presented with a certificate to mark their outstanding services to Ashton United Football Club.
Following the ceremony free food and drink was provided and a very pleasant evening was had by everyone.
Time for a brew
After hard graft volunteering their services there is always time for a brew and a chat. Who's up to what and what the latest comings and goings are at the football club are always high on the agenda. There might also be time to get the boots on!
Ashton United in the Community and Ashton United as a club were recognised at the 2018 Manchester Football Association Grassroots Awards with Andy Finnigan receiving a nomination for Volunteer of the Year and the Club for Adult Male Club of the Year. Andy commits many hours of his time as a volunteer as Secretary of Ashton United, Groundsman and supporting practically every event and project of AUITC from HurstFest through to management and training up of volunteers, training courses and helping with publicity and marketing. A true stalwart of the charity.
Ashton United FC received the nomination on the back of a successful season on the pitch, where the club was promoted to the Vanarama National League North, which was achieved through the efforts of the backroom support from over 60 volunteers, many who have learned new skills, increased confidence, and made new friends. A number have been so successful that they have moved on into full time employment in the professional sports industry.
Pictured at the awards ceremony (left to right) is Andy Finnigan, Carol Finnigan (Trustee) and Jackie Tierney (AUFC Director)