Keith Huggins

Sports Club/Association: Ashleworth Woodpeckers Youth Football Club

“I was deeply moved that Martin took the trouble to nominate me for the Most Deserving Sports Hero Award.

Everything I do for the children is repaid when I see how much they enjoy the games, training, presentation nights, etc. Over the years I have done many things for these kids, from helping with Spanish homework to even a phone call from a single mum asking me to tell her son to go to bed!

Our club is now a standard bearer in Gloucestershire for Sportsmanship. 12 Awards in 12 years is something quite remarkable. Many thanks once again.”

- Keith Huggins, Ashleworth Woodpeckers Youth Football Club


Reason for Nomination:

Keith is chairman of the Ashleworth Woodpeckers Youth Football Club, and has been since its inception back in the 1990s. He gives up an inordinate amount of his own time to organise the club as a whole as well as coaching the Under 11s team, helping out coaches of other age group teams, marking out the pitches, refereeing games for other age groups, updating the club website with regular news items, reports, photos and so on.

Above all, Keith promotes an atmosphere of sportsmanship, fair play and friendship, which is the main reason that as a club, we have won a Mid-Gloucestershire League Sportsmanship Award every year for the last 8 years running. He does an incredible job organising the end of season presentation evening, with a host of special "guests" presenting awards and walking out to personalised music to fit each individual as well as the same for each winner. Everyone is made to feel included and all children are "nominated" for an award category and receive a "nominees medal" if they don't win the award itself - everyone is a winner!

We have a very special little football club and it wouldn't be the way it is without Keith Huggins. The man is simply a legend. Take a look at for more details.

Nomination by Martin Coupe, Apperley in Gloucestershire 

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