Giving youngsters the opportunity to play football is the goal at Yuraygir United Football Club – but it’s just not possible without adult ‘intervention’.
That friendly guidance to line up all the ducks off-field comes through the efforts of club helpers – none more so than Angela Skennar, the Newcastle Permanent Community Award Volunteer of the Month for July.
When Angela’s sons, Ethan and Levi, started playing for the club some eight years back, she just had to come along for the journey.
But not only as a sideline soccer mum, as Angela has been well involved – doing everything from helping to manage a team through to her now third-year as club secretary.
“My sister-in-law, Emma Skennar is the treasurer, and we also help run the canteen,” Angela said.
“It’s just an awesome little bunch of people who keep the club going.”
Yuraygir has players from a host of small communities, including Minnie Waters, Wooli, the Pillar Valley and Ulmarra, to name but a few.
“By keeping the club going it saves them (the juniors) from having to go to Grafton,” Angela said.
“It’s giving the kids the opportunity to play locally and keeping them active – so it’s all about putting your hand up to help out.”
Touche, and well played – Angela and friends.