Brent student wins award for his commitment to grassroots football

Jakub Matweijszyn will be named the the Young Volunteer of the Year at the FA Community Awards

Jakub Matweijszyn will be named the the Young Volunteer of the Year at the FA Community Awards - Credit: Archant

An A-level student from Brent has won a prestigious award for his dedication to grassroots football.

Jakub Matweijszyn, from Willesden, will be named as the Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2014 FA and McDonald’s Community Awards on Sunday.

The teenager, who attends Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens, Willesden, balances his studies with his commitment to volunteering and coaching at Brent Schools and in the wider community.

A player for Hanwell Town Football Club, Jakub is also a level one and two qualified coach, and a referee who manages his school’s Year 7 football team and officiates every home game.

The 18-year-old continues his dedication by giving up his lunch break to manage the football pitch and runs an after school homework club for players who need extra help.

Thousands of nominations were received across the nation for this year’s awards with grassroots football volunteers being recognised at county and regional level.

Jakub will collect his award before this year’s FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and FA Cup holders Arsenal and will join World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst on the pitch in front of an expected crowd of 90,000 fans at half-time.

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Atul Pathak, McDonald’s Franchisee, whose restaurants in Brent support grassroots football in the area, said: “We are immensely proud of Jakub, who is a true hero of the grassroots game. “

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