In August 2021, we announced our Grassroots Award Winners. Today, we are catching up with Graham Rodber, who was awarded London FA Grassroots Volunteer of the Year 2021.
Graham is secretary and chairman of the Southern Sunday league. He has expanded the league to 10 divisions, with 100 % coverage of referees, introduced a league app and helped the league achieve FA Charter Standard. The hours of unpaid work for this league has not gone unnoticed and the expansion of the league is evidence of this, supporting SSFL to come on leaps and bounds.
How did you feel when you won this award?
Very shocked and surprised, it took a while to sink in.
What are you excited for in the 2021-2022 season?
Being able to have a fully completed season for the first time in 3 years.
What are the biggest challenges that you will face within the 2021-2022 season?
Dealing with covid-19 cases and trying to ensure there are enough venues for teams to fulfil their fixtures as capacity is an issue.
What is your biggest motivation for your role within grassroots football?
Giving 3,500 people the opportunity to have a well organised and disciplined game of football every week.