May Youth Section Player of the Month – Joe Rouse

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Congratulation to Joe Rouse of Royal Wootton Bassett Town's Under 15 Blue team on winning the Youth Section Player of the Month award for May.

Given the Coronavirus crisis has curtailed action on the pitch, for the third month in a row May prize was a special award, with parents and coaches nominating those who have gone above and beyond during the lockdown.

Joe was nominated by his mother for the tremendous way in which he has dealt with difficult family circumstances while continuing to remain on top of his schoolwork as best he can.

Here is the nomination received:

"Joe has stayed at home and not seen his friends through the lockdown. He has found doing his schoolwork at home hard, but does his best to stay motivated and keep working. Now on top of this he has been holding it all together at home with his brother and dad while I am in Devon after an emergency phone call telling me my mum was about to pass away. Through all of this Joe has been messaging me to check that I am ok and asking about his Nana, rather than thinking about himself feeling bad."

The club's thoughts are with Joe and his family at this difficult time and we hope the award offers some comfort. lt is certainly well-deserved for the maturity Joe has shown and the efforts he has gone to support those around him.

Nine further members were nominated, all of whom deserve special mention for what they have been doing:

Carlos Green (Under 9 Blue) and Lucia Green (Under 13 Yellow)

"During the lockdown period, both Lucia and Carlos have been helping me through this. Due to circumstances, I have been in isolation, unable to leave the house even for important reasons. At least once a week, both children come round and sit on my driveway keeping social distance. Both assist their mum with my shopping needs, and keep my spirits up with their visits – even though we aren't able to hug! Both act responsibly, keeping their distance and ensuring their hands are cleaned to prevent any transmission to me. I'm very proud of both of them – as always – but especially during this strange time."

Isaac Johnson (Under 12 Yellow)

"I'd like to nominate Isaac Johnson from the Under 12 Yellows for May's Player of the Month purely down to the fact he has continually hosted the players' Zoom meetings each week to keep the boys connected, including introducing a quiz for them."

Robert Gregory (Under 12 White)

"Robert has been a star during this lockdown. He has made endless cakes every week for the nurses in Great Western Hospital, along with continuing his role as a registered young carer with Wiltshire Council, looking after myself (I have M.S.) and his 85 year-old Grandma. We would never have managed without his support and he has never complained or moaned once. All this, and the homework he has had has been completed by deadline dates. What a star."

Noah Cranswick-Coates (Under 13 Blue) and Finlay Cranswick-Coates (Under 15 Blue)

"I'd like to nominate Finlay and Noah for being amazing big brothers. Both boys are registered as young carers for Niamh due to health complexities and severe learning disabilities. The lockdown has not been easy. As a family we've been on a whirlwind but both boys have set time aside every day to do stuff with Niamh – a walk, playing on the trampoline, etc. People may say they should do that, but when they are hit, slapped, shouted at regularly by Niamh they could say no, but they don't."

Alfie Gleed (Under 15 Blue)

"For his work in assisting Tony Gleed in the up-keep of the sports hub during the lockdown – and for getting more fence paint on himself than the fences! He's learning new skills…"

Ellie O'Nions (Community Football Coach and Under 16 Girls)

"She has adapted to lockdown so well. She is self-motivated to doing her schoolwork. She has devised a fitness plan for herself and bought some extra football training kit to enable her to train in the back garden."

Steven Tilley (Under 18 Yellow)

"Steven Tilley is a singer (he sings Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, swing and jazz) and before lockdown was gigging around pubs, clubs, festivals and old people's homes earning a decent wage for himself. Since lockdown Steven has performed online (from his back garden or his studio) for various charity events including the Swindon Food Bank and Brighter Futures, helping to raise thousands (he wasn't recently interviewed by BBC Wiltshire radio). He has thousands of people tuning, and it has been great for him to get back singing and doing what he loves while raising money for these fantastic charities."

Last modified on Tuesday 9th June 2020 at 20:02.