Dr Sarah Griffiths has become the recipient of the Bobby Moore Award at the 2021 Grassroots Football Awards.
Sarah established Summertown Warriors, which is a new opportunity for children with Cerebral Palsy to participate in football. Sarah has put her heart and soul into the team and has had a huge impact on a number of children from across Oxfordshire and the surrounding area.
Sarah is a full-time hospital doctor, and her husband is a GP. But their busy commitment to the wellbeing of others doesn’t stop there. Summertown Stars Warriors Cerebral Palsy Team is part of Summertown Stars AFC. Her own children were already part of the club, but she saw a gap in the provision there, so set about creating and building a team to give children with disabilities, primarily cerebral palsy, the opportunity to enjoy themselves through football.
The Bobby Moore Award honours the club, league, project, team of people or individual that has exemplified the spirit of grassroots football.
Thanks to Sarah, the coach-to-player ratio at the Warriors is fantastic. This means the young players get the attention and encouragement they deserve, and can enjoy playing with friends while gaining confidence and new skills as part of a team.
Having won the Oxfordshire FA’s Volunteer of the Year accolade in the local awards, Sarah was put forward and selected by the national judging panel to be named recipient of the prestigious award, which was announced at the FA Charity Shield fixture between Manchester City and Leicester City on Saturday 7 August.
Congratulations from everybody at Oxfordshire FA to Sarah on a fantastic achievement, and thank you for changing the lives of so many.