Mum-of-two and wife of England striker calls for nominations recognising hardworking football mums
Coleen Rooney, mum to two football-mad sons and wife of one of England’s most prolific strikers, is calling for people across the UK to nominate a deserving ‘football mum’ in their lives who goes beyond the call of duty so that children can experience the joy of playing football, week-in week-out.
The McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award will recognise mums who put in countless unpaid hours of hard work, so that their children and their friends can enjoy playing football. From time consuming tasks such as running kids to training and matches that can be hours away and managing their team kits, to helping run their child’s local team, or even starting a local team simply so their children and their friends can play; the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge their selflessness.
McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year ambassador, Coleen Rooney, said: “I’m so excited about this award. I live in a football-mad house and know how much goes into just getting the kids to training and making the time to watch them play every week, so I can only imagine the amazing nominations we’re going to receive for this. Dads tend to get the credit a lot of the time for coaching teams or teaching their kids how to play, so this award will give people a chance to shout about the hard work mums do on and off the pitch.”
“I’ve watched the training today and picked up a few tips and drills that I can do with the boys at home. Wayne does a brilliant job teaching the kids to play football, however he’s not always at home, so it’s a great way for me to bond with them as well. I love having a kick about with the boys in the garden. I think I do a pretty good job!”
England and Arsenal Ladies player and mum-of-twins, Casey Stoney, is also supporting the awards and will sit on the judging panel alongside representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
McDonald’s Head of Women and Girls Football, Casey Stoney, said: “I started my career at the grassroots of football, and as a new mum I can already see how important this award is from both sides of the fence. There are so many mums who help to run their child’s club or volunteer at the clubhouse to help raise funds so the kids can play. It’s so important to recognise them when you consider that they’re also often juggling childcare and work on top. I cannot wait to have a kick about with the twins in a few years!”
Coleen Rooney will present the Football Mum of the Year Award to the winner at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 2nd August.
Nominations for the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award are now open and will close on 19th June 2015. To nominate a mum you know go to mcdonalds.co.uk/mumoftheyear.
The Football Mum of the Year Award will be judged by a panel of McDonald’s and Football Association representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, led by McDonald’s Head of Women & Girls’ Football and England and Arsenal Ladies player, Casey Stoney
The panel includes:
- Casey Stoney – McDonald’s Head of Women & Girls’ Football and England and Arsenal Ladies player
- Ashley Hutton – Northern Ireland Ladies captain
- Helen Ward – Wales and Reading FC Ladies player
- Zoe Wishman –Senior Marketing Manager at The FA
- Kate Walker – McDonald’s Franchisee, Scotland
Being a football Mum isn’t easy! I should know I have been there. Juggling taking my son to football but also keeping his two younger brothers entertained during training and matches. When my eldest was younger he joined a team at the age 5, and he played for that team until he was 9. Every week I took him to local park on a Tuesday after school and a Saturday morning for training and on the Sunday we drove to the matches. I watched and cheered him and the team on from the sideline every week. I collected the subs from Parent every week and I helped organise events to raise money for the boy’s team. It was tiring, but the look on my sons face when he was running with the ball was enough for me to carry on with the busy weekends. My son stopped playing football with the team because his confidence fell, but he is now 12 years old and playing for his senior school team.
Good Luck to all that enter, you all deserve a medal for the commitment 🙂
I have received no payment for sharing this post. I was invited along to an event to promote the FOTY nominations