Archie has been recognised for his inspirational volunteering at The FA National Grassroots Awards at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday, 6th August 2023.
Twelve-year-old Archie volunteers at Faversham Strike Force, supporting their Mini Boltz sessions, where he is always the first to arrive to set up equipment and on hand to help out both fellow players and club volunteers. He showcases empathy beyond his years, which has been highlighted in working with children with additional needs or language barriers, creating a safe and inclusive environment within the club.
Archie uses his strong communication skills to help the first team with matchday stadium announcements, sharing the team sheets and goal scorers with the crowds who attend the games. He also creates social media content for the club's channels, where he interviews the players and coaches, giving the club's supporters a great insight into their matches and training.
Archie's hard work paid off when he was presented the award by England Head Coach Gareth Southgate ahead of the Community Shield.
“It was fantastic to see Archie receive the award for young volunteer of the year at the FA national grassroots grassroots award” said Richard Judd, Kent FA Deputy CEO. “Archie is an amazing young man who goes above and beyond whilst volunteering at his local football club Faversham Strike Force and the footballing community has benefitted greatly from his selfless dedication to volunteering. Archie leads the way in inspiring our next generation of young volunteers and we at the Kent FA are delighted that he has been recognized on a national scale.”
On behalf of everyone at the Kent FA, we would like to say a huge congratulations to Archie for his incredible achievement.
Your volunteering within the county is so inspirational to all involved, and we can't wait to see more from you!
We are so proud of you, Archie!