Earlier in the summer we asked for nominations from across the Cumberland football family who supported their local communities during the lockdown period which started in March 2020; because we wanted to show a token of our thanks from the grassroots football community.
We were looking for the individual or Club who went above and beyond…. who went the extra mile to support those who needed it most in a time of national anxiety.
Our Nike Partner, Kitlocker heard about this and were keen to get involved providing us with additional prizes.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate, the nominations really do show what fantastic people are involved in grassroots football in Cumberland!
The nominations, from individual’s to Teams and Clubs, showed how people in Cumberland supported others through the lockdown period and beyond. It was very tough to choose a shortlist and decide on our three prize winners.
Ben Snowdon, Cumberland FA CEO said: “Throughout lockdown football clubs and those involved within them proved, what we have always known, that grassroots football can play a pivotal role in supporting local communities.
The nominations we received were humbling and all had a case to be seen as worthy winners. Each nomination demonstrated the selflessness and empathy that was much needed at that time and will continue to be needed in the future.
On behalf of the County FA I would like to congratulate, but more specifically thank, all those who went above and beyond to support others. We could never fully compensate the winners, but hope that these awards, courtesy of kitlocker.com, go a small way in demonstrating our appreciation.”
Chris Armstrong (Appletree FC)
Chris was the volunteer lead of the Carlisle C-19 group, raising thousands of pounds for the NHS and health sector, delivering and arranging delivery of PPE to those in desperate need and also co-ordinating food parcel delivery.
Nominated by Paul Carrigan who commented “Chris was an absolute superstar during the lockdown period - to the point where he has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award”
Since the nomination Chris has also received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his efforts during this time.
Teresa Mulholland (Carlisle Centurions)
Whilst on furlough from her job at Carlisle United Community Sports Trust, Teresa volunteered throughout lockdown as a Covid Response Volunteer. She tirelessly provided a vital shopping and prescription collection service every day for vulnerable people within her community.
In addition to being part of the Covid volunteer response team, Teresa boosted the Carlisle Centurions JFC Under 13 team spirit during lockdown by organising weekly zoom quizzes and online get togethers for players and parents. She was also instrumental in getting the team back into a safe training environment when initial restrictions were lifted.
Teresa also volunteered in her local primary school during the Covid closure by providing support to the most vulnerable families helping them to access vital food vouchers and delivering food parcels.
Nominated by Mandy Davidson who said “Teresa is truly a remarkable lady who is always going over and above for others, especially in times of adversity. She really is a lockdown hero.”
Shaun Lomas (Glasson Gardeners)
Shaun is the assistant manager and also plays for the Sunday League team Glasson Gardeners FC.
During lockdown, Shaun raised £2000 towards the Unite SL PPE fund by running 50km on his treadmill in his garage. The run took him in total 5 hours and 59 minutes.
Shaun also raised £750 for the Maryport Community Emergency Response & North Lakes Foodbank by running every street in his home town of Maryport on a hot summer’s day. The run covered 36.12miles and took him a total of 7 hours and 43 minutes.
Shaun was nominated by Simon Bragg on behalf of Glasson Gardeners FC, who commented “Anyone who has done anything during the tough times deserves recognition, but we feel Shaun literally did go the extra mile with his challenges. Both challenges thought, planned and executed on his own with help and support from his wife and son. Top effort from a top bloke.”
Special mention to Gillford Park JFC, who were nominated a number of times - either the whole Club, individual teams and volunteers. And although they didn’t win a prize this time, the support members of the club gave to others during this difficult period has not gone unnoticed by their community!
The prize winners will receive one of the following: £50 Kitlocker Voucher (courtesy of Cumberland FA), £50 Kitlocker Voucher (courtesy of Kitlocker) or 10 x Nike Footballs (courtesy of Cumberland FA and Kitlocker).
Once again, Cumberland FA and Kitlocker would like to thank all those who took the time to make a nomination. Whether successful or not in being awarded, they are all true heroes of Cumberland!
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