A well-known figure in the Huntingdonshire sporting community has been recognised for her outstanding efforts with a national award.
Wendy Chambers was crowned winner of the 2017 FA People’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Football, and received her award at a special ceremony in the build up to Sunday’s Community Shield match at Wembley.
It’s an accolade which recognises exceptional volunteering efforts and carries the extra significance of being voted for by the public.
Chambers had already won local and regional awards after being nominated by St Ives Rangers – the club she has served for more than 13 years.
She said: “I love the game and live for it, and I take a huge about of pleasure in being able to see children enjoying themselves and developing.”
Chambers first became involved in football as her son’s under 9 side was in need of a manager and she has since held the positions of secretary, welfare officer and treasurer at the thriving club, which currently boasts 44 teams.
Chambers has also worked hard to promote football opportunities for people with disabilities at Rangers – doing everything from picking up players for training sessions to organising trips to major events. A group of 51 players, carers and family members recently attended an England game at Wembley.
Not content with being a tireless administrator, Chambers is also an FA qualified football and futsal coach who is not afraid to step into a managerial hotseat if a team is ever in need.
Chambers does not just devote her time to football – she is also a coach and administrator for St Ives Swimming Club.
Dean Watson, county development manager at the Hunts FA, said: “We all know that Wendy is always willing to offer support whenever or wherever she can. She never seeks any sort of reward for the work she does, which benefits so many people.”