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Hawkwell Athletic Youth coach Charlotte Twydell has one eye on a job in football in the future after scooping the McDonald's Young Volunteer of the Year Award on Thursday night at the Essex County FA Awards Evening at Waterfront Place, Chelmsford.
The 21-year-old, who has been an active member of the Hockley-based club for around 14 years, was rewarded for her achievements at the annual ceremony staged to recognise the local game's volunteer workforce. Despite studying at university, 'Charlie' still found time to regularly coach at Athletic's Friday 'Football for Fun' sessions as well as their players aged eight and below.
"It was a big surprise - I had no idea," she beamed shortly after claiming her prize. "I started off as a young player in a boys' football team and progressed to a girls' team and now I've come back as a youth coach after going away and playing ladies' football, helping to develop the young players in the team and hoping they will progress onto better things in the future."
When Hawkwell expanded their girls' section earlier this year, Charlie jumped at the opportunity to coach the club's new Under-9 players on Saturday mornings whilst also devoting time to assisting with the Under-10s on match days. Club Secretary, Steve Dowding, and award winner himself as recently as last year, added his own words of congratulations, commenting: "Its Charlotte's commitment and enthusiasm that gives me real hope for my club in the future."
Charter Standard Community Club Hawkwell run a total of 42 teams of both genders at adult and youth level and Charlie believes it's the perfect place to hone her talents, adding: "I'd love to do my Level Three [Coaching Course] and progress as far as I can. Finishing university is a big thing and then hopefully getting a football development job for women's and girls' football and trying to push it to become more professional. I absolutely love it and couldn't think of anything else I'd rather do than play football and coach and watch children enjoying themselves."
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