RDSSP Young Sport Leader doing ‘fantastic’ volunteer work

Callum profileA Highfields School student and RDSSP Young Sports Leader has been highly commended in the Derbyshire County FA Community Awards for his ‘fantastic’ volunteer work, after notching up more than 600 hours of volunteering at local level this academic year.

Callum Rose was praised after being nominated in the FA Young Volunteer of the Year Award category, which celebrates local grassroots sporting volunteers who work to provide better and more footballing opportunities for young players.

Callum with teamAs well as being a member of the Highfields Sports Leadership Academy, 17 year old Callum has a big connection with Matlock Town Juniors FC as a FA Level 1 Football Coach. He is currently manager and coach of the under 10s team and also runs a Goal Keeper School for the club on a Monday evening.

Callum said: “I feel very honoured to have been nominated for this award. To receive recognition of highly commended from the FA does make volunteering and working with youngsters worthwhile.”

Marketing and Communications Officer for Derbyshire FA, Siobhan Eastham said: “The quality of nominations this year was extremely high and the panel had some very tough decisions to make which resulted in Callum’s nomination being unsuccessful. It was however acknowledged to be of extremely high quality by the panel and The Derbyshire County FA (DCFA) would really urge someone to make a nomination for Callum next year as the work he is doing is fantastic. The panel was completely split on Callum and the eventual winner which shows how highly he was considered. A huge well done and thank you to Callum, please keep up your good work, the DCFA and the local community are truly benefiting from it.”

The Year 12 student has a number of accolades under his belt including being honoured as the Highfield’s Community Coach of the Year; being awarded Runner Up in the Boys’ Sports Leaders/Coach of the Year category at the Derbyshire Dales Sports Awards last year, and picking up his Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Community Sports Leadership qualification.

Callum also secured the title of Year 12 Highfields School Sports Leader for 2014/15 after completing more than 600 hours of volunteer work at local level. He is also a member of the school’s Voice of Sport team and has been successful in taking up a position from September as a PE and School Sports Apprentice at Highfields. The apprenticeship scheme sees local schools work alongside the RDSSP and Sporting Futures to create apprenticeships for promising young sports leaders.

Highfields PE teacher and RDSSP School Sport Coordinator, Jayne Allen said: “It is wonderful to see a dedicated, passionate and hard working student being honoured for their fantastic volunteer work and commitment to sport. Callum works tirelessly with youngsters across Matlock including in school and his spare time, to ensure they have the best opportunities in sports and activities. I am so pleased Callum has been so highly praised for the work he does, and only sorry he did not win the title he so thoroughly deserved.”


To read more about the Derbyshire County FA Community Awards visit: http://www.derbyshirefa.com/news/2015/apr/dcfa-grassroots-heroes-named

Highfields School website: http://www.highfields.derbyshire.sch.uk