Over the years we've had several Duke of Edinburgh volunteers join our club for their volunteer schemes, we make them feel welcome, reaching out to schools and D of E representatives to proactively offer opportunities with us. These young leaders support the club immensely with coaching sessions, officiating and administrative tasks, web and social media. We are all volunteers but we've some great success stories here.....

 

Ben Gough joined the club on 2013 as a D of E volunteer.... he has now spent 6 years with the club, been recognised by the club for awards and supported through his early coaching qualifications. Ben has two great mentors who continue to work with him as he looks to complete his college education and seeks a profession within the game. He now runs our U5/6 session sharing his experience with our latest group of D of E volunteers. Here is what Ben had to say about his experience…..

 

“I started my D of E volunteering at 13, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Thurlby as a volunteer, the Club was very welcoming and has a great ethos. As a volunteer I was made to feel important to the team I was working with, delivering sessions and referring mini games. Since my D of E experience, I have continued with the club and been supported by the club in my pursuit of developing my coaching, with the club helping me through my FA Level 1 and FA Level 1 Futsal course. I am now running the U5/6 Academy on Saturday mornings alongside one of my FAL2 mentors.”

Alex Sinfield completed his D of E volunteering with our U7s last season, here's what he had to say....

 

"I recently completed my DofE Bronze Award in part thanks to Thurlby Tigers U7s and their coach Tim Palmer. This was a great way to complete my volunteering section at a place I was welcomed from day one.

 

I helped coach the U7s alongside Tim as well as being given the opportunity to run training drills by myself. Later in the season I was given the responsibility to referee the boys matches in mini tournaments. I really enjoyed the season with the U7s and I intend to carry on helping in the new season."