Two young footballers have won a community award for raising money in memory of nine-year-old Tom Whiteley.

Lee Walker and Mylo Sims, both 15, from Melbourn Dynamos Football Club, were presented with the award on a presentation day at Melbourn Recreation Ground.

Tom Whiteley, who used to play for the team, died from a brain tumour in 2010. Since then the club has supported Tom's Trust, the charity set up in his name.

The winners are picked for their generosity and dedication to the club.

Blake Carrington, chairman of Melbourn Dynamos Football Club, said: "Mylo and Lee are amazing, selfless young people who both support other teams within the club by dedicating their free time in helping coach the players, performing the duties of match officials and making sure all the match day equipment is set up and safe.

"One of the senior coaches described their dedication by saying that the teams would not have been as good or rewarding without them."

As well as playing for the Melbourn Dynamos U15 team, Lee lives next door to the coach of the Dynamos U13 girls team, and gives up his Saturday mornings to help set up goals and referees all of the team's home games.

He has also travelled to the majority of their away games as the assistant referee.


Blake added: "Lee's involvement with the team has been a huge benefit to all and without him some of the games wouldn't have been able to go ahead (with no other referee being available).

"Lee is well liked and respected by all the players and their families and his extremely professional approach is no doubt connected to this."

Bucket collections on the presentation day raised £200, adding to the nearly £5,000 the team has already raised for Tom's Trust.

Andrew Whiteley, Tom's dad and co-founder of Tom's Trust, said: "We would like to say a huge congratulations to Lee and Mylo, what an amazing achievement for two deserving young players.

"Tom loved playing for the Melbourn Dynamos, and we can’t thank them enough for all their support over the years."

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