“I like to feel like I’m a part of the club, we all do, and it’s good, they appreciate us doing it with all the thanks from Mark and loads of others for the hard work we put in.”
These are the words of volunteer, John Duckers, who has been volunteering for Tranmere Rovers for the last 18 months helping the groundsmen and maintenance team with their work to keep our pitch and stadium in top condition as part of Project Prenton Park, a scheme set up in June 2020 to help with the upkeep of the ground in hope of fans returning.
Speaking about the work he’s been doing: “We’ve been doing some general tidying up, cleaning the seats, all around the outside of the ground, tidying up after the pigeon’s. There's been about four or five us coming down every week for the last few months to get it ready for when the fans can come back to the ground.”
We spoke with John as a part of our coverage of the annual Volunteers week in Great Britain (1st-7th June), which is a time and chance to say thank you for the contributions that millions of people make to communities through volunteering from across the UK.
It goes without saying that this year has been more difficult than most but volunteering services have continued throughout the pandemic to play a key role in helping communities with the hard work they put out to make a huge difference to those around them.
Over the last 18 months Tranmere Rovers have had over 120 volunteers supporting with our response to COVID-19 through maintenance around Prenton Park, delivering of food hampers, shopping and medication and welfare calls.
John spoke about what made him want to get involved in volunteering for Tranmere Rovers: “Well I’ve been involved with the club for years ever since I was 14 when I got a ticket and came to watch them. I’ve also had a lot of experience with volunteering, it was all things to do with the club and I was hoping that the work I do here will help them as well as help me personally.
You feel involved here, you feel a part of the Club and I think the club is in a good place at the minute and part of this is thanks to the work of the fans and their support and hard work when we were here and didn’t have any games on.”
Everyone at Tranmere Rovers would like to thank all those who have volunteered with us, no matter how big or small all your efforts have not gone unnoticed and have helped massively towards our daily delivery.
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