This Champion wants to recognise the UNSUNG HEROES of junior sport. From the person who marks the lines to the person who does all the paperwork to the person who cooks the barbecue: we want to say thank you. Our first Unsung Hero is Bossley Park resident Charles Mohammed who has been involved with Bossley Sports Club for 14 years.
It is satisfying to know that I've provided an opportunity to so many kids to participate in soccer.Charles Mohammed
What is your role/s:
I am currently treasurer, canteen co-ordinator and referee. Previously I was soccer secretary and coach.
How long have you been involved?
I have being involved with Bossley Sports Club for 14 consecutive years since 2006; I started as a coach for my son Jerome's team. I also have three daughters. In 2007 my wife Maria was asked by the club president Rick Mattiuzzo to form the first girls team. Maria started scouting girls to form the first ever Bossley Sports girls team mostly from Mary Immaculate Primarily school, we managed to start an under- 10 girls team with my daughter Jacinta. In 2008, I started an under-6 girls team with my twin girls (Lakeisha and Kayla) and their friends. I coached girl teams for over 10 years. It was a great experience coaching the girls, they thrived on the opportunity to participate in soccer, made lifelong friends and some those girls progressed to play WNPL level.
Why did you get involved?
It's interesting because I'm from a rugby union background; I played grade rugby for West Harbour. I didn't know much about soccer but I was determined to learn the game to make my children and their teammates better players. I got involved in 2006 when my son Jerome wanted to play soccer with his friends from school. Bossley Sports Club has had great people running the club since its inception in 1989. The year my son started playing the committee was led by Rick Mattiuzzo. He was very engaging and the entire committee were hardworking people. Some of the committee members would also volunteer to help with summer sports such as Little Athletics. This become contagious so I started helping out here and there and as people leave once their children moved on I got more involved and eventually got voted into the club committee as soccer secretary.
What do you enjoy about it?
I enjoy watching the kids play. I have gained good friends from the Bossley Sports Club and got to know a lot of people in the soccer community who have a common interest. I have seen the demographics change a lot in the area over the part 10 years and I am encouraged by the collaboration amongst the community. When you have kids participating, it keep you motivated to ensure that the club is run well and we give everyone an opportunity to get involved. There will be a moment when it's time to hang up the boots and transition the running of the club to others. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 14 years at Bossley Sports. I'm happy that I can in someway provide an opportunity for kids to get out and have fun.
What's a highlight from your time involved in the game?
My biggest highlight would be seeing my children play soccer from a young age, to be able to coach them to instill the discipline of teamwork, exercise and basically to enjoy themselves. I have always told all my players to enjoy the moment as you will look back and remember all the great times you had with your mates, that will be with them forever. It is satisfying to know that I've provided an opportunity to so many kids to participate in soccer. I've learnt a lot throughout the years and hopefully I've had an impact of the kids I've coached. It is gratifying when see girls doing what boys do well. I am extremely proud of the achievements we were able to gain together including winning grand finals, going through seasons undefeated, winning u-14 girls Champion of Champions and developing girls to progress to high levels.
What drives you to continue turning up every Saturday?
My primarily driver is that I don't want to let anyone down. I want to see the club continue to succeed. We are in challenging times, it would be easy to give up but that's not who I am. I want the club to be in a good position in the years to come as some of us in the committee will have to pass the baton over to new people. I am also enjoying refereeing matches, it great form of exercise running over 50-kilometres every weekend.
Why is sport good for kids to be involved in?
Sports is great for kids, it creates a well-rounded person. Every kid should get an opportunity to participate in some form of sports preferably team sports. Soccer is a great option; it's safe, a good form of exercise, it provides learning opportunity through problem solving on the field and you make lifelong friends and memorable moments that will be with you forever.
Charles is that person behind the scenes that just gets things done with little fanfare or acknowledgement. Without Charles' dedication and support the club would not be where it is today giving an opportunity to the kids and adults in the area to play a game they love in a safe environment. We applaud his dedication and contribution to the club and game.