Two local teenagers are in the forefront of a new community initiative being started by Uppermill FC.
Thomas Kearns and Keira Baxter, both 16 years old, will be taking lead roles in the club’s Young Ambassadors Scheme, due to get going in the coming weeks.
The idea is that the duo will act as role models for younger children in our area, by getting involved in activities such as fundraising, organising community events, and putting on taster sessions in a variety of sports at local schools.
Thomas and Keira are both doing media and leisure studies at Oldham Sixth Form College, and both already play for the club, which operates 35 teams for boys, girls, men, women and even veterans.
Thomas, a former Saddleworth School pupil who is Uppermill’s captain at Under 17 level, was also recently selected to represent West Yorkshire at a national leadership camp organised by the FA.
He said: “The course has inspired me and in the next 12 months I’ll be coaching a junior side at Uppermill, referee on weekends, and be involved in football more instead of just being a player.”
Thomas added: “I’m also hoping to get involved in coaching some disability football, coaching and training them to become confident footballers. I can’t wait to get involved with all sorts.”
Matt Poulter, Development Manager at Uppermill FC, described the scheme as “really exciting.” He added: “It is really important for young people to have opportunities to be involved with a real community club like Uppermill. Thomas and Kiera are two absolutely tremendous role models not just for sport but as young people.”
Matt, in an e-mail to Saddleworth News announcing the initiative, went on: “We hope and believe the work they’ll be doing will encourage other young people to get involved and to be active and healthy, but also that people who don’t necessarily play sport will have opportunities in a variety of roles helping with events and course organisation and so on.”