Newark Town FC youth team

Meet Craig Mountney, the sixth of our unsung football heroes. Craig has been coaching since 1999 and has managed the same Newark Town FC youth team since 2010 and has led them to two cup wins, runners up in two consecutive years as well as three local tournament wins. Parents of players told us how much extra he puts into his team, such as taking them out paintballing and buying them Christmas presents with his own money. He’s definitely an unsung hero in our eyes- well done Craig!

Here are a few questions and answers from when we visited Craig to present his prize to him.

Q: How did you get involved in coaching?
Craig: I got involved in coaching initially by helping out as a parent, and then I became the assistant manager of Newark Town U9s. I then went onto a coaching course to gain experience with coaching at grassroots, and after a while I progressed to becoming a manager.

Q: What has been your proudest moment with Newark Town FC?
Craig: My proudest moment with the club was watching the boys win the league cup against a very good team in front of a big crowd. Seeing them lift the trophy and the delight on their faces was priceless.

Q: What has been your biggest personal achievement with the club?
Craig: My biggest personal achievement with the club comes every time the boys come off a football field with smiles on their faces. It must mean we are doing something right.

Q: Does your family get involved in football too?
Craig: My wife Rachel helps me out tremendously and is very supportive; I like to talk through my coaching and fundraising ideas with her. Every time one of the boys has a birthday Rachel pops to the supermarket for a card and cake for them to share on the next matchday.

Q: Who are you taking to the executive box?
Craig: I will be taking Will and Jason Feehily, who nominated me, and my eldest son Danny.

Q: Finally, are you a Forest supporter? 
Craig: I have been a Forest fan for as long as I can remember although I cannot get to as many games as I would like to. Watching the boys at Newark Town is as good- if not better. The enjoyment you get from watching them play their football, I wouldn't change it for the world.


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