Volunteering at the recent Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St George’s Park was a once in a life time opportunity according to Manjit Takhar.
Takhar who is a keen footballer from Leicester, volunteered at the two week event as a ticketing assistant.
The 35-year-old revealed how much he enjoyed his role and what his duties were during the competition.
“It was a once in a life time opportunity for me and I wanted to be part of a spectacular event,” he said.
“My duties involved assisting with ticketing and spectator queries, operating the ticket entrance, distributing wristbands, assisting in preventing any overcrowding around the ticketing entrance and directing spectators who have requested audio commentary to the tournament office.
“I enjoyed everything about my role including meeting and greeting spectators in the morning and communicating with so many different people from the UK and abroad.
“It would be a pleasure to volunteer for similar roles in the near future if possible.” Takhar also revealed how he believes England’s performances and the standard of football played at the tournament will help attract more fans to the game and inspire future generations of players. He said: “The Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships at St George’s Park was amazing from the first day to the very last day and exciting to be part of something special which I will always treasure in my heart.
“Getting to see the final between Ukraine and Russia, even though there was only a one goal difference, the Russians were outstanding to watch and throughout the tournament.
“It was great to see England beat Japan 14-0 and watching them take on the Ukraine was a big challenge but again only a goal difference between the two sides.
“I am really proud that England are now ranked in the top five which is the way forward for the future generations of players, admirers and fans from all over the world.”