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Nottingham Forest name teenager George as Community Captain 

George, our Community Captain with the Nottingham Forest Squad


Over the past two years, George, a 17-year-old volunteer, has dedicated his time to coaching and inspiring fellow young people in the community for his boyhood club, Nottingham Forest.  

In acknowledgment of his commendable efforts and personal growth, Nottingham Forest midfielder, Morgan Gibbs-White, along with the first team squad, surprised George with a Community Captain award and a special captain’s armband, as part of the Premier League’s “More than a game” campaign.  

Callum Hudson-Odoi later presented George with a signed shirt.  

George, Nottingham Forest Community Captain


Expressing his feelings about the award, George said, “To receive an award like this, I just don’t have any words for it, just unbelievable.” 

“I do a lot of work in the community, training and coaching. Premier League Kicks gives children a safe place to come and play football and get them off the streets.” 

Premier League Kicks utilises the influence of football to help connect with young individuals like George, aiming to help them realise their potential by offering free weekly football sessions and educational workshops in secure and supportive community settings.  

Those closely associated with George believe he is a highly deserving recipient of the award, witnessing his growth both professionally and personally.  

Chris Simmonds, Head of Education, Training and Employment at Nottingham Forest Community Trust said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure over the last couple of years to get to know George and see his journey.” 

“He is very understated, George. He probably won’t see himself as a Community Captain.” 

Leanne McDonagh, a Nottingham Forest Community Trust Education Tutor, who recommended George for the Community Captain award, expressed her pride in his transformation.

“He has really come out of his shell and found his footing,” she said. “What he has done for us (Nottingham Forest Community Trust) and the community doesn’t go unnoticed. I am proud of George’s journey, definitely.”  

What is Premier League Kicks? 

Nottingham Forest are one of 90 clubs that are actively participating in the Premier League Kicks programme.  

Sessions that place in area with high needs, aiming to offer opportunities to young people susceptible to anti-social behaviour or youth violence. Premier League Kicks provides a consistent platform for involvement in football, sports, mentoring and personal development opportunities.  

Since the launch in 2006, Premier League Kicks has engaged with over 520,000 young individuals, providing over 1 million hours of free sessions at more than 4,9000 venues throughout England and Wales.

To read more about our Nottingham Forest Community Trust Premier League Kicks programme and sessions – Click Here

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