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Volunteers Week: Mel & Grace

The voluntary work completed by the inspirational duo has left a lasting positive impact on their local community and has created opportunities for the two youngsters.

Mel and Grace began their journey with Bristol City Robins Foundation seven years ago when, having become too old to attend the Foundation’s school holiday football camps, they offered to volunteer and help run the camps.

The commitment and desire to help their local community was quickly noted by staff at the Robins Foundation (then Bristol City Community Trust) and the pair were invited to become members of the newly formed Youth Council  – a body of young people who help shape the Foundation’s delivery (ran in partnership with South Bristol Sports Centre).

Mel and Grace had first-hand experience of the lack of opportunities available for women and girls to get involved in football and so the duo, along with their fellow Youth Councillors, embarked on a mission to increase opportunities for women and girls in football.

 

Grace coaching a group of girls at one of the Foundation's F3 sessions

This mission led to the Youth Council helping the Foundation setup their innovative F3 (Free Female Fitness) programme, which provides women and girls of all ages the chance to have fun and engage in football and fitness, free of charge.

The work of Grace Mel and the rest of the Youth Council in setting up this project was recognised on a national level with the programme winning the FA’s national participation award in 2017/18. The project has gone from strength to strength since its conception and continues to run digitally during this period of lockdown (for more information click here).

Grace (left) and Mel (right) collecting their FA award.

Robins Foundation, Projects and Partnerships Manager, James Edwards, commented: “Mel, Grace and all of the Youth Council are an absolute credit to the Foundation. They have all worked tirelessly to help improve their community for everyone."

Their voluntary work has led to opportunities for both of the youngsters; with Grace gaining full time employment as an apprentice coach with the Robins Foundation and Mel further developing her coaching skills on one of Bristol City Robins Foundation’s higher education programmes (Foundation Degree in Community Coaching).

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