Award for Norfolk Christian Football League coach
Natalie Palmer, an inspirational coach in the Norfolk Christian Football League has been awarded Coach of the Year at Norfolk FA’s annual awards.
Natalie Palmer was awarded the Coach in the Year title for her dedication to the U10s team at Cringleford Football Club. Prior to her involvement with the team, who play in the Norfolk Christian Footbal League, Natalie had never coached before so she took coaching qualifications to improve her knowledge.
The team have achieved some amazing victories since her arrival and many of the boys she coaches had little confidence when first starting, yet Natalie has encouraged, praised and taught them, showing care and patience.
Her team are now thriving and are holding their own against some much more experienced teams. Natalie even misses her own sons’ football matches to be with, and encourage, her team – one that would not exist without her; she has been described as a great example to aspiring coaches.
Mike Culwick, Chairman of the Norfolk Christian Football League said, “Natalie is in her second season with the Norfolk Christian Football league u10 league, and to be nominated and be awarded Coach of the Year is a tremendous and well deserved award for a very talented lady.”
“Natalie is passionate about fair play and respect for all involved in the game, players and officials alike. Enjoyment and learning new skills is more important than the result for her and we in the league support and admire all she has achieved at Cringleford. Well done Natalie, we hope you will be with us for many years to come.”
Natalie received her award at a gala dinner held at Carrow Road’s Top of the Terrace, hosted by BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Bowler and special guest ex-professional footballer Graeme Le Saux. A delicious three course meal was included as well as entertainment from local musician Lee Vann.
Money raising initiatives on the night including pictures with the premier league trophy, a raffle, an auction and a pound-for-pound funding match by event sponsors Barclays, raised over £4000 for local testicular cancer charity, ‘It’s on the Ball’.
Pictured: Natalie receiving her award from Graeme Le Saux