It’s through hard-working people like Alan Ramsden that local football is able to flourish and grow and he has becomes one of an elite group recognised nationally for his efforts.
Alan, secretary of Rotherham-based Millmoor Juniors, is one of just 150 from the many thousands involved in grass roots football across the country, to be specially honoured by the Football Association as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations.
He is one of 150 “Grass Roots Heroes” chosen for their dedication to community football and goes to Buckingham Palace next month for a special ceremony to receive his award from Prince William, the FA president. In addition to being secretary, Alan was founder of Millmoor Juniors, a progressive club which has blossomed massively and impressively since starting in 2000 with just an Under 13 team.
“It has gone on from there and out of that team, the great majority are still at the club in some way, shape or form either with our Saturday teams or on a Sunday,” said Alan.
They now have five adult teams, including an Under 21 side, an U18 team and 11 age group teams.
“This isn’t just an award for me but acknowledgment of the efforts of so many good, hard working and loyal people at this club and acknowledges their efforts,” he added.
One of the few clubs to grow from a junior set-up to a senior club, Millmoor Juniors have ambitions to get into the Northern Counties East League and so are looking at developing their ground at Droppingwell, in the north of Rotherham, with a stand and floodlights. In 2003, their £750,000 fund-aided clubhouse was opened by Sir Trevor Brooking.