Well done to Bob – Walking Football Volunteer of the Year
Written By SPFL Trust Media Centre
Volunteers involved in getting more Scots to enjoy everyday walking received recognition recently for making their communities more accessible and active.
Of particular note, Bob Moyes was awarded Walking Football Volunteer of the Year.
Working with Active Stirling, Bob has encouraged the footballers to join walking football competitions and charity events.
They have tried new sports such as bowls, cycling, badminton, curling, volleyball, table tennis and basketball. He helped to set up Walking Football Scotland and to negotiate affiliation to Stirling Albion FC for his local group.
National walking charity Paths for All organised their annual volunteer awards in Glasgow to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers in delivering Scotland’s National Walking strategy.
Volunteers are involved in a diverse range of activities from grass cutting to leading sensory impairment walks and organising Walking Football competitions to chatting over a cup of tea after a Health Walk. Everyone involved in Paths for All’s everyday walking activities are not just more active, they have made more friends and are having fun!
Chief Officer Ian Findlay said: “The energy and dedication of all the volunteers was truly inspirational. Hearing about the difference each volunteer made in their community highlighted the importance of making villages, towns and cities better places to live, work, travel and play in.
“The better the walking environment, the more opportunities there are for everyone to be active through everyday walking. Volunteers are vital in delivering walking initiatives at a community level.”
Aileen Campbell, Health and Sports Minister thanked all volunteers involved in Paths for All’s work for the difference they have made in helping to improve health and well-being in their communities.
She said: “Well done to the volunteers who have done such a great job at getting more people active.
“From Walking Football competitions to leading Health Walks, the winners have made a real difference to improving health and wellbeing in their communities. Congratulations to all for using their passion and skills in such imaginative ways.”