Coleen Rooney is calling for people across the UK to nominate a deserving ‘football mum’ for the 2017 McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award. Coleen is looking for mums who go above and beyond so their children can experience the enjoyment of playing football, week-in-week-out.
Introduced in 2015, the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award aims to celebrate the critical role mums play in keeping the grassroots game going, by selflessly dedicating countless hours of their spare time – often while juggling work and childcare commitments – to all aspects of the game. It is looking to recognise football mums who are leading by example; qualifying as coaches, managing the club finances, helping to run their child’s local team or even starting a local team simply so their children and their friends can play.
McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year ambassador Coleen Rooney, said: “It’s brilliant to be a part of this amazing campaign for the third year running. I get to hear so many inspirational stories of mums across the UK doing incredible things to keep kids playing football.
“Obviously, football plays a huge part in our home so I know the effort needed just to get youngsters organised and to training on time. I have so much respect for these mums who are taking their involvement in football to another level all to help the game.”
In support of the 2017 awards launch, Coleen recently visited Mossley Hill FC in Liverpool to meet some dedicated football mums. One of the group, Julie Boden, is highly involved in her two sons’ clubs as Parent Liaison at Mossley Hill FC and Club Secretary for Dynamo Childwall FC.
Julie Boden said: “Being a football mum takes up about 75% of my life. But for me, I just like getting stuck in at every level of the club. I am just the sort of person that likes to take the reins and if the kids are smiling, happy and enjoying it, then I’ll be there no matter what.”
TV presenter Jacqui Oatley and McDonald’s Head of Women’s and Girl’s Football Casey Stoney are also part of the judging panel once again this year. “There has been significant progress of women’s involvement in football over the past decade, both on and off the pitch, and this is mirrored by the calibre of stories we receive for the Football Mum of the Year award,” said England and Liverpool Ladies defender Casey Stoney. “I’m looking forward to assessing another strong year of entries.”