TEENAGE football boss Neil Lewis has been honoured by the county FA.
The 18-year-old Shell apprentice was named Wirral District Young Volunteer of the Year at the Cheshire FA’s Young Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Neil has been a volunteer at Castrol Athletic JFC in Ellesmere Port for more than five years.
He started playing for the club when he was seven and, at 13, began to coach the younger team players and help both the U6 and the U11 teams prepare for their first season.
At 14 he passed his first referee course and at 17, received his level one coaching certificate. He currently manages the U11s team.
Neil has helped many young footballers in their transition from mini to junior football and is now looking to enhance his experience even further by completing the FA’s level two coaching certificate.
Apart from his volunteering duties, Neil is training to become a process operator with Shell.
He is currently in his third year of a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship scheme, run by the TTE technical training group in Ellesmere Port.
Shell production unit manager, Mal Parker, said: “Despite the extra pressure created by work and study, Neil still manages to devote much of his free time to volunteering at Castrol Athletic.
“I am thrilled that Neil has been recognised for his commitment and commend him on his efforts.”
Neil said: “My involvement with Castrol Athletic has helped me in many ways, including developing my leadership and teamwork skills. I am delighted to have received this accolade and rewarded by the club and by Cheshire FA for my work with the team.”