From grassroots to stars

FRIENDLY: Rose Fraser with Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini
FRIENDLY: Rose Fraser with Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini

A COLLEGE sports officer got to rub shoulders with the stars of English football as thanks for her efforts at grassroots level.

Rose Fraser, sports development officer at East Durham College in Peterlee, met some of the biggest names in soccer at the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Awards.

Among those she spoke to during the glitzy affair in the Grosvenor House Hotel, in Park Lane, London, was Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini.

He was named in the PFA team of the year during the event that is widely regarded as one of the biggest of its kind and sees household names from across the country competing for honours.

Rose, who was invited to the ceremony in recognition of her hard work with young people, said: “He was unbelievable, very friendly and polite and very interested in the work that we do. He was lovely.

“It was a fantastic event and something special that I will always remember as I never expected to be invited to anything like this.

“I got to meet some very important people, and not just footballers. It was a great experience.”

Rose was rewarded for her efforts in encouraging 16-year-olds into education and sport at the college and being involved in junior football with young people aged six to 18 years old.

She added: “This was a bit of a thank you. I have contact with the PFA and they are fantastic at supporting grassroots football.”

Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie was named PFA Player of the Year and Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker was named PFA Young Player of the Year during the ceremony.