Congratulations to APYFC Chairman John Morris who won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Haringey Celebrating Sports 2014 awards. On Monday night at Alexandra Palace, Ledley King presented John with his richly deserved award for his tireless work for APYFC and for the parent AP Club.
John has been on the committee of APYFC since 2004 when he became one of 3 volunteers who took over the running of the club. From that time he has acted as Chairman and Vice Chairman being the steadying hand on the tiller of the club guiding it through initial rapid growth to the club it is today; one of the largest youth football clubs in North London, an FA Charter Standard club, with over 400 playing members predominantly living in and going to school in the Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Alexandra Park, Wood Green and Highgate areas of Haringey.
APYFC puts out 28 boys teams from U8-U18 every Sunday and 4 girls teams every Saturday. John remains as Chairman supported by a strong committee and management team of volunteers and he is also the pitches and referees secretary ensuring that all home teams have pitches and referees every week – a huge task that he makes look effortless.
APYFC offers a pathway to lifelong football and as part of that offering, John is also a prominent member of the (sister)Alexandra Park Football Club and coach of their 1st team who play on Saturdays in the Southern Amateur League. His teams include many former APYFC members. John has been instrumental in forging the links and ensuring the APYFC became part of the Alexandra Club which is based at the heart of its membership’s community.
Without John Morris APYFC wouldn’t exist and be flourishing; he referees on Sunday and coaches on Saturdays and when he isn’t doing that he is at the core of getting things organised and cajoling volunteers into helping and participating in the life of APYFC; all done with his bottomless pit of patience, a laugh and a smile.