Club: Pumas Futsal Club

Award: Wayne McCann

Role: Club Coach, Secretary, Kit-man and Fundraiser!

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Wayne McCann has been awarded the Pass On Your Passion baton for his endless dedication to Pumas Futsal Club, by delivering a quality experience for all participants and increasing the provision of Futsal in the North East region.

Many people within the club have stated that Wayne is a massive inspiration to everyone, he is very passionate about the sport of Futsal and encourages people to give it a try.

The club has integrated players with disabilities and from ethnic backgrounds and Wayne has been the catalyst behind this. The Pass On Your Passion award provides Wayne with the recognition he deserves for opening the door’s to the club to so many people of all ages, backgrounds and ability.

Wayne fulfils many role’s as a volunteer which the club finds priceless, including coaching the men’s, women’s and junior teams, club secretary, kit man and fundraiser. He manages all of this as well as his own full-time job.

Andy Lindridge who also coaches at Pumas Futsal Club said, “Wayne makes a massive difference to the club, providing a quality experience for a number of people on a weekly basis to men, women, boys and girls. The club provides a social focal point and an opportunity to play at various levels from recreational to national leagues.”

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Wayne has also supported some of the adult members through training for their level 1 and level 2 qualifications in coaching futsal, who then assist in the training of the younger age groups. There is a family support network amongst the club, as some parents now volunteer to help with fundraising and away trips for example.

Wayne has a policy of not turning anyone away, he wants to provide that chance for people to experience Futsal at a level appropriate to them. He feels that it is equally important to provide opportunities to take part for health and fitness as it is for competition. Participants range from ages 8 to 40 years old and are from a variety of backgrounds.

Andy said, “Wayne is the glue that binds the club together and keeps building and expanding the club’s base. Everyone has a great amount of respect for the way Wayne has set up the club and created an enjoyable and established Futsal programme.”

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