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12 October 2018

Sue Carmichael has been associated with Latics for the past four years by supporting the educational development of the academy players.

  • Sue Carmichael named Volunteer of the Year by the FA.
  • Grassroots Football Awards were held at Wembley Stadium.
  • She teaches a BTEC sports course to Latics’ Under 18s players.

Sue Carmichael – a BTEC tutor for the club’s Under 18 squad – has recently been named Volunteer of the Year at the Grassroots Football Awards at Wembley Stadium.

A PE teacher at St John Rigby College in Orrell, Sue supports the academy players with their education and has been involved with Latics for the past four years.

Her efforts with Latics and Liverpool Feds Women’s Football Club, where she has volunteered for 27 years, was recognised by the FA and she was presented with her award by former England player Martin Keown.

She said: “I was nominated for the award by someone at Liverpool Feds for the work done in setting up a club and a grassroots women’s football team. It’s grown now to be a high-quality club with more than 130 members, so we’re really pleased with the success of it all.

“I was really thrilled to win the award, but I see myself as a part of a strong team so the recognition is for everyone else who supports us too. It was great to go down to Wembley to be presented the award by Martin Keown."

Sue has been instrumental in the educational development of the club’s younger players over recent years, and explains more about her role with Latics.

“The boys study a BTEC course which is equivalent to an A-Level, and they’re doing lots of different units around sport such as anatomy, coaching, psychology and analysis.

“It’s enjoyable and can be a challenge at times, but it’s great to see the lads grow and develop into educated men as well as brilliant footballers.

“They’ve got so much practical knowledge of being players, so being able to put that experience into their work is great because it makes it real to them.”

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