June Kelly, who runs local junior football club Abraham Moss Warriors, has been awarded a Pride of Britain Award to mark the Football Association’s 150th birthday.
June formed the club, which she runs voluntarily, in Cheetham Hill in 2001 because she was frustrated by the lack of facilities in the area. The young players represent 44 different nationalities helping to break down racial barriers.
Abraham Moss is more than just a football club – it also has a literacy and numeracy programme for the players and a gym for their parents to get fit while the kids play football. The players even go bag packing once a month to raise money to help to keep the club going.
Forever Manchester helped the club stay above water when it was at risk of going into administration in 2011. June says, “Organisations like Forever Manchester are a vital lifeline for these young people to have a good life and a chance in the future.”
June was honoured by the England heroes of 1966 and FA President Prince William presented June with the FA Football Champion award at Buckingham Palace. In return she gave Wills an Abraham Moss Warriors strip and pulled out a mini version for baby George. He laughed and joked that George is growing so fast that he might already be too big for it.
You can watch June receive her award on ITV1 on Tuesday 8th October at 8pm.