Club’s youngest coach wins volunteer award

Hamish (light blue top) receives his award from The Breeze breakfast show host (and club volunteer) Camille Guzwell with help from members of Cambridge Argentina.

Hamish Durran-Wolff has learned at an early age the value of giving back to his community.

The 11-year-old footballer is one of the youngest volunteers at Cambridge FC where he referees and coaches a 7th-grade team, Cambridge Argentina.

He’s become one of the youngest qualified coaches in the region, having attained his Junior Level 1 coaching accreditation, and he’s been an enthusiastic attendee at monthly coaching development sessions run by former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert.

“It all started when the Argentina team didn’t have a coach at the start of the season, and my dad suggested I should give it a go,” Hamish says.

Since then, he’s become a committed coach, earning praise from the parents of those he helps.

On Sundays, he plays for the club’s U-12 boys team in the WaiBOP Federation Junior League.

He’s one of more than 100 volunteers who collectively contribute more than 30,000 hours a year of unpaid work to keep Cambridge FC running all year.

For his efforts, Hamish is the latest winner of the club’s Volunteer of the Week award. He receives a $50 voucher from club sponsor Onyx Cambridge.

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