Lucy Cuff wins National Young Volunteer of the Year Award

The Dorset County FA are extremely proud to announce that our County & Regional Young Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Lucy Cuff, has also been awarded the FA Community Awards National Young Volunteer of the Year Award which is an absolutely fantastic achievement.

Lucy was invited by the FA to receive her award at the FA Community Shield which was held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 6th August. Unfortunately Lucy is currently in Rwanda, Africa volunteering for a charity which empowers communities to create a brighter future for the country and people in it; through adults and young people working in collaboration. In her absence Lucy's sister stepped up to receive the Award from Ryan Giggs.

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Serving the community of Rwanda, Lucy is using football as a tool to support children, young adults and teenagers coping with substance additions to make positive behavioural changes. The aim is to help people improve their lives in ways they never thought possible. Lucy has also visited local schools supporting the development of football activities and teaching British Sign Language.

Lucy is a senior member of Dorset County Football Association’s Youth Council and a Development Coach at Dorset’s Advanced Coaching Centre. She has also volunteered at every single Dorset FA Event which has taken place in 2016, to support the organisation in delivering high quality cup finals, tournaments, and festivals. She is an inspiration to others with her cheerful, positive attitude with a particular passion for inclusion work in football.

Lucy has been part of the Dorset Youth Council for 2 years as an Inclusion Project Officer. At such a young age Lucy is very determined to support female leaders and improve opportunities for young people with a disability to volunteer or play football. Lucy has led the delivery of the FA Football Legacy Fund which resulted in over 40 girls aged 12-18 taking part in soccercise at Shaftesbury School. Through engaging in fun football, this created 2 new school teams at Shaftesbury School. She also runs a girls only football session at school, acting as a role model for all. Lucy also represents the Dorset Youth Council on the Inclusion Advisory Group, supporting the County FA in all equality standards and targets.

Lucy also represented Dorset FA at the national Football Futures Academy where only 60 elite youth leaders are selected from across the Country to attend a 5 day residential course at St Georges Park. Lucy represented Dorset FA impeccably, which has led to her being selected as one of twenty female coaches to attend the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp in December 2016. Additionally, as she is keen to challenge barriers, she has created a  new project called ‘Next Gen Leaders’ to encourage more female leaders in Dorset to get involved in football.

Her work is of the highest standard and she is prepared to go the extra mile to complete tasks to deadlines. Lucy makes a great contribution to both coaching and leadership in Dorset as she is the lead officer for the development of ‘Next Gen Leaders’, a bespoke programme supporting the development of female leaders and coaches. This programme specifically addresses a need within Dorset to support the development of new female coaches, and Lucy has made it her duty to support those across the whole County. Additionally, Lucy regularly delivers football sessions for people with a disability through the County Beach Soccer festival.

 Lucy is keen to improve her skills at all times and outside of studying she is a development coach at the FA Advanced Girls Coaching Centre in Dorset. The feedback from the players and fellow coaches was extremely positive, always mentioning the how approachable and professional she was throughout.  For every session, Lucy had to prepare a comprehensive session plan, against an appropriate topic and carry this out in a structured, well-presented and enthusiastic manner, whilst adhering to all of the FA policies and procedures.

 Congratulations from everyone at Dorset County Football Association


Listen to more of Lucy's story below.

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