Our volunteers are central to helping us be here for good in our community and for some, like Paul, it's a family thing!
I came along to Spartans to get out the house. My brother-in-law James said it would be a good thing for me to do. I think that we are now two of the longest serving volunteers. My big sister comes along and gets involved in the social side of things and my son and my brothers come to Spartans too! I've been playing for Spartans Connections for 6 years and now I manage the "Sky Blue" team. This season we were only one point away from winning the league.
I've been volunteering with Walking Football on a Monday. I also help with the after school club at Rowanfield Primary School. It's a special education school - I like to see how the kids don't let their problems stop them. At the weekends I like to help out on the gate for games. This year I was awarded the Spartans FC Volunteer of the Year. It was a big surprise, I never knew it was happening.
Spartans is like a big family. We're all here for each other. I think It's amazing to be part of the whole thing - you get a chance to do different things and people see something in you.
"Paul's part of the fabric of Spartans - playing with Connections, volunteering with The Academy and with the Spartans FC. We are really grateful for the time and effort he gives to us"