Neston Football Superfans are a Credit to Their Dad
|Published: 9th August 2018 09:29|
Single dad Geoff Bather from Neston was beaming with pride at the weekend, as his two sons were named Grassroots Football Supporters of the Year.
Will and James Bather with Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose
11 year old twins Will and James Bather, who both have cerebral palsy, have been supporting Neston Nomads U12's since their sister Alice began playing for the team. As well as being referees, supporters, mascots and motivators for the Nomads, they have even been known to deliver a half-time pep talk to the team.
Will and James Bather have been superfans of Neston Nomads U12 team ever since their older sister Alice began playing for the team.
Last Sunday (August 5) the pair were at Wembley Stadium for the 9th annual FA & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards, which recognise volunteers, coaches, clubs and leagues throughout England who ensure grassroots football in local communities thrive. The twins were presented with their prize and met England stars Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose.
Sir Geoff Hurst, who was on the judging panel, said: "Their commitment and dedication to grassroots football and especially their sister's team Neston Nomads U12, is plain to see and they should be extremely proud of what they've achieved.
"It was a real pleasure to meet them on Sunday and give them my wholehearted congratulations on winning the award in person."
Paul Griffiths, a McDonald's franchisee on the Wirral, is an avid supporter of grassroots football in Neston. He said: "Will and James's support of their sister is wonderful to see, and it's great that we're able to have this opportunity to honour what they do.
"It's supporters like them that help motivate others involved in grassroots football and their commitment and dedication despite their conditions is truly inspirational."