To mark the Premier League’s 30 Year anniversary – and highlight the role football clubs play in their local areas – all Premier League, EFL and National League clubs were invited to nominate a Community Captain, whose story can be shared as part of the celebrations. Hemel Hempstead Town were tasked with choosing a member of our community who has gone over and above to support the communities’ physical and mental wellbeing. The club chose Marc Willmore in recognition of the work involved in initially setting up and then running Community Kickabout, which has grown to one game of ten players in 2020, to in excess of sixty players each week participating in numerous games on Monday’s and Thursday’s. During Hemel’s annual presentation night at Vauxhall Road on Saturday 22nd April, the club reiterated the good work of Community Kickabout to the audience as well as detailing the more recent growth to include Women only games.

This is fantastic recognition for what we do in organising the games, not only for Marc – Dave Bradbury and Ash Danslow’s effort and contribution have allowed the games to extend to multiple time slots over multiple days. But ultimately, the success of this project is down to the enthusiasm and commitment of the players who turn up each week, keen and eager to get active in our friendly sessions. Thank you everyone who has joined in a made this initiative a success.

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