Curzon scoop volunteering honour
Monday 5th June 2017 @ 15:35 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton Football Club has been honoured with the Volunteering in Action Quality Award for its commitment to volunteers over a sustained period.

The club received the award at a small ceremony which took place at the Tameside Stadium last week.

Hosted by CEO Natalie Atkinson, the presentation was attended by a number of volunteers, as well as Andy Cheshire, Curzon’s Community Development Manager, and Sian Goodwin, Action Together’s Project Development Officer.

Speaking to Reporter Sport about the importance of the award, Natalie said: “We’ve just been awarded our volunteering in action quality award, and that’s for us giving back and rewarding our volunteers at the club.

“It’s about safeguarding our volunteers and having quality standards for all our volunteers.

“It’s also about embedding our volunteers into the community of Tameside and giving something back.”

Described as the lifeblood of the club, Curzon’s volunteers carry out a number of important duties throughout the week, which include manning the turnstiles on match days, taking photographs, handing out programmes, and even coaching the junior teams.

Natalie highlighted just how crucial the volunteers are in terms of helping the club function. She said: “Many of the functions would not take place at the club without the volunteers.

“Lots of sport clubs run on volunteers, and we really thank everybody who offers their time free of charge – particularly on match days, week nights and training evenings.”

Curzon’s army of volunteers can look forward to donning their very own uniform in the near future, which includes a labelled t-shirt and lanyard.

The club will also be launching its volunteering program, which has been financed by the Rotary Club of Tameside.

Reflecting on the achievement, Andy said the certificate demonstrates the club’s commitment to its volunteers, while adding: “It indicates that we have the relevant policies and procedures in place to protect our volunteers and reward them accordingly.

“Receiving the certificate on the first day of Volunteers Week 2017 is very apt and I’d like to thank Sian from Action Together in assisting me throughout this process.

“It is also another step forward in terms of achieving a sustainable community development programme.

“We are in the process of setting up the Curzon Ashton Community Trust and the accomplishment of achieving this certificate will hopefully be one of many in the near future.”

Having officially presented the club with its certificate, Sian echoed Andy’s sentiments. She said: “We’re here to present Curzon Ashton with their volunteering in action quality award, and it’s there to demonstrate their commitment to their volunteers.

“I think the life and blood of the club is down to the volunteers, and without them it wouldn’t exist.”