Molly reaps re­wards

Aldershot News & Mail - - YOUTH SPORT -

THERE was plenty to cel­e­brate for Curly Park Rangers Foot­ball Club Un­der 9s coach Molly Small as she picked up the Vir­gin Care Com­mu­nity Cham­pion Award.

The Un­der 9s Wolves team have been sup­ported by Vir­gin Care since they launched in late 2013 and the award was cre­ated to recog­nise some­one who had gone above and be­yond to make a dif­fer­ence to the club or the wider com­mu­nity and to re­flect the Vir­gin Care val­ues.

Molly had suf­fered an in­jury ear­lier in the sea­son which pre­vented her from play­ing in a team her­self but had con­tin­ued train­ing with the team dur­ing her re­cov­ery.

The awards night was held at Cam­ber­ley Town FC and saw prizes handed out to play­ers and sup­port staff who had helped the Wolves team reach the semi-fi­nal of the Sur­rey and Hamp­shire FA plate and rise four di­vi­sions.

Molly drew the loud­est ap­plause of the night when she was called up to ac­cept the award which she said she wasn’t ex­pect­ing.

“I do what I do at Cur­ley Park be­cause that is where I started play­ing foot­ball and just wanted to give some­thing back to the club who gave me a chance to play,” the 18-year-old said.

“When I won the award I was shocked but once it sunk in it felt good to win some­thing and be no­ticed for what I put into the team.”

Nikki Smith, Un­der 9s Wolves Team Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Lead Phar­ma­cist in Vir­gin Care’s Medicines Man­age­ment Team said: “Molly has been a real in­spi­ra­tion for the team this year. De­spite suf­fer­ing from an in­jury ear­lier in the sea­son, Molly was de­ter­mined not to let the team down, even train­ing with them on crutches.”

Vir­gin Care will con­tinue to sup­port the team for the 2014/15 sea­son as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sup­port for keep­ing peo­ple healthy and en­cour­ag­ing ex­er­cise.

The Un­der 9s team train at Light­wa­ter Leisure Cen­tre on Tues­day evenings be­tween 6 and 7pm and play matches on a Satur­day morn­ing. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing can email Nikki Smith at nikkids@hot­

Molly Small with the Vir­gin Care Com­mu­nity Cham­pion award

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