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Little Victories Young Volunteers shining in their local communities!

Last week, we spoke to Kasper Newby, who at only 14 years old is an active volunteer with Team Little Victories. This week, it's the turn of Jake Croft.

Like Kasper, Jake volunteers as a coach at our cerebral palsy football team. Jake is also a student at Wyke college and plays for Barton Town FC U18's.

Let's find out how Jake first became involved with Little Victories: "I first got involved through my sister Jess joining in and coming along, I thought it would be a good idea to teach the kids everything I’ve been taught over the years."

Jake told us how much he enjoys volunteering: "I enjoy seeing all the smiles and how hard everyone is working."

Jake (second on left) is developing many transferrable skills within his coaching role.

Jake is particularly proud of his younger sister: "I am proud of Jess as she’s aspiring to play for England one day!"

Here's Jake (centre) with his younger sister Jess.

It's important to recognise the role volunteering is playing within Jake's future career aspirations: "Little Victories helps a great deal with college as coaching is part of my course and I aspire to follow coaching for a possible career."

Jake is thoroughly loving the chance to help inspire younger players.

Finally, Jake has some advise for other young people thinking about volunteering: "I say go for it, it’s great fun and you get to meet lots of new people and support the younger side to football."

We are really lucky to have Jake.

Next week, we will be chatting to young volunteer Chloe.

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