Community Group of the Year – Barnet Panthers
The Barnet Panthers football club brings together girls and young women from all backgrounds in a safe, friendly, supportive, and fun environment and gives them the platform to express themselves in a male dominated sport. The coaches, and especially their lead, Billy Grant, volunteer their time passionately to ensure equal opportunities are provided to all involved, both in football and in the other activities and days out provided by the club.
Billy who started the club two years ago, came along to the event with 21-year-old Zara, one of the club’s ten coaches, they beamed with delight as the Barnet Panthers were announced winners of the Community Group of the Year. Billy said, “We weren’t expecting to win tonight, so it’s a real honour. Our club is not only about football and girls being on the pitch, but we want to make girls grow within themselves. For us to be able to do that has been a real honour, so I’m really appreciative to be acknowledged.”
Zara added, “I want to say to young girls in Barnet, just join us, it will change your life and you’ll love it! Our age group categories are Under 13s, under 15s, and 10-11 year olds. We want to give every girl an opportunity to play, we’re not elitist.”