By Chris Caldwell
A local soccer coach was ‘honoured’ to receive an award for her efforts at the 16th Irish FA McDonald’s Community Awards at the Guildhall in Derry last week.
Kelly Crompton was among more than 180 guests in attendance on a night of celebration organised to recognise the incredible work and commitment of volunteers within grassroots football in Northern Ireland. Special guests included McDonald’s NI football ambassador Pat Jennings, former Northern Ireland international Jim Magilton and the Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council John Boyle.
Kelly was named young volunteer of the year, jointly with Annalong Rovers’ Stephen Newell. She joined Sion Swifts at the age of four and has gone on to coach the club’s Little Dribblers section and its SionSonics disability section. Since joining the club, Kelly has given much to Sion Swifts over the years, from playing in boy’s teams, girl’s teams and now Sion Swifts Ladies team in the NIFL Women’s Premiership.
“I was completely honoured to be nominated for the young volunteer of the year award and humbled that I won it,” she beamed.
“I didn’t expect to have my name called out. I knew I was nominated but I wasn’t expecting to win it. To be honest, I didn’t want to go up because I was that embarrassed but it was really, really heart-warming, I couldn’t believe it!”
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