Park Farm Puma’s founder Ciaran McAuley receives Peterborough Sport Civic Award

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The Mayor presents Ciaran with his Civic Award. In the picture from L- R Me, Clare McAuley, Mr Mayor Cllr John Peach, Cllr Brian Rush & Cllr Ray Bisby

I’m very pleased that my nomination for this award, supported by my fellow Councillor’s Rush & Bisby resulted in Ciaran winning a Peterborough Sport Civic Award last night during Full Council at the Town Hall.

The project to create a youth football club/academy in the Park Farm kicked off in concept form early 2009 but did not actually come to be realised until April 2010 when Park Farm Football Club/Academy was formed.

Foundations were laid with the setting up of a firm & lasting relationship with the local primary school in Park Farm – Heritage Park Primary with many of their players coming from the school population. Training at the school with around 30 young players from the area turning up on the first night. They quickly grew in reputation and interest thrived and numbers grew on a week by week basis throughout the area which enabled them to attract new coaching talent and establish teams.

This has been a great learning experience which has stood Pumas in good stead, the togetherness and camaraderie have generated a fabulous group of volunteers marshaled behind their key aims.

I am and I know our ward is particularly proud of the Pumas and I believe they are well on the road to making the club a fabulous success, one that will I know leave an indelible mark on sporting community of Peterborough.

Pumas have and will forever have an inclusive vision for their club – to provide high quality football coaching to players of all abilities in the wider Peterborough area and to instill the values inherent within the club into all of its players.

They have grown from 2 teams at the outset to now 14 teams plus a thriving U6 Academy group adding some fantastic coaching talent and have welcomed new players from all over the city. The growth has been overwhelming in such a short space of time but they do this in line with their fundamental aims of making football fun for all those involved.

Pumas have had numerous challenges to overcome around the allocation of football goals, grass cutting, and line marking. To combat these issues Pumas have become almost 100% self-sufficient.

Ciaran I know will want to accept this award on behalf of everyone past and present that’s been involved with the club but I hope too that he’ll accept just how thankful Peterborough is for his superb personal efforts. Well done.