#BBFAStars is about recognising the inspirational work of volunteers across the county all-year-round.
It’s a way for us, as the County FA, to say ‘Thank You’. Thank you for all your time, effort and relentless dedication to the game across Berks & Bucks FA. It’s also a way for your peers, your friends, fellow volunteers and local communities to recognise the people, often in the background, that help keep their clubs & leagues alive, week-in & week-out.
The roles we celebrate in #BBFAStars are not always in the spotlight, but the people that take them on often do so through a love of the game. #BBFAStars is not only about recognising their individual efforts but also about showing you a side of the game that you don’t often see.
March’s ‘Footie Mum’ Award which also looked to celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, was about recognising the role that mums play in helping to keep the game alive and enabling their children to play and enjoy grassroots football week-in-week-out.
The winner of that award was Jo Jeffries from iPro Football who received 51.4% of the public vote.
Usually, we would talk to our winners and find out a little more about why they got involved and what they love about their roles, however in this case, it’s a little different.
Jo is also a nurse working for the NHS at this incredibly difficult time and so rather than ask her questions directly, we asked the person that nominated her for a tribute.
This is what they had to say about Jo and the impact she has on her club:
“Jo has been supporting her family and others to play, coach and manage youth football for over 15 years with many teams. Every week she washes the kit, and on match days whether weekends or midweek she’s always on hand with lifts, advice and support to players.
“As an NHS nurse, Jo is also on hand for first aid support and despite her busy work life she rarely misses a match. She is always thinking of others and hates being made a fuss of but all the lads in the current iPro Football U18s squad want her to know how much they appreciate her hard work and support.”
“Jo commented that the award was for all the strong women at iPro Football who have played a huge part in the team’s success and enjoyment over recent years.”
From all of us at Berks & Bucks FA, thank you to Jo for your continued support of grassroots football in our region and also to you and your colleagues in the NHS and all key workers for your incredible work during the current health crisis.
If you would like to find out more about the types of volunteer roles available in grassroots football or about becoming a welfare officer and working with your local club please contact us via Info@Berks-BucksFA.com for more information.
To find out more about the awards, and how to nominate, visit #BBFAStars – alternatively, keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter account for the nomination tweet to appear at the beginning of each month.