Elena ‘Kiki’ Bustos, the outgoing Goldsmiths Women's Football President has been awarded the Youth Volunteer of the Year prize as part of the FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football Award.
The Award recognises the work of individuals and groups who reflect the FA’s ‘PRIDE values’ (Progressive, Respectful, Inclusive, Determination and Excellent) and who are making a ‘positive difference’ in their club, league or local community.
Kiki’s nomination was one of a record 2,904 across across several categories, with just eight final winners.
"Running Goldsmiths Womens Football Club has been my pride and joy for the last two years so it’s a real honour to be recognised by the FA for my contribution." Kiki said.
"It’s been challenging beyond belief, but always worth it. This team has been on an incredible journey and I feel blessed to have witnessed it all." she added.
"As well as having the time of my life, I gained valuable skills in leadership, coaching and organisation. Of course thank you to Tolu [Magbagbeola, Goldsmiths SU's Sports Development Coordinator] who has supported us from day one without fail and to every single player, past and present who have done their bit and more to make this team so special." Kiki said.
Greg Clarke, Chairman of The FA, said. "It’s been fantastic to see a record number of nominations for this year’s Grassroots Football Awards and hear so many stories of dedication and commitment throughout the grassroots game."
Goldsmiths Women's Football also won the Goldsmiths SU’s Justin Fashanu Award earlier this year. If you’d like to follow in Kiki’s footsteps and get involved with Goldsmiths Women’s Football Club you can find more information here.
Well done Kiki!