COLEEN ROONEY: I’ve teamed up with McDonald’s to search the UK for the most dedicated and
involved football mums. Wayne always spoke a lot about his mum and what she’d done
to sacrifice her life for his football. Having kids now, my Kai is 7, plays for a number
of local teams. We are pretty much busy, I’d say, four nights a week and then games on
a Saturday and training on a Sunday, so it is literally, near enough, every day. In Liverpool, that’s your typical family. Everyone is a football fan. COLEEN ROONEY: Julie is a mum of three, and with two football-mad sons, their entire life
revolves around the beautiful game. JULIE: I do a lot of jobs, raging from collecting subs, sorting out training facilities, ordering
the kits, arranging friendlies, tournaments, the end of year activities, presentations.
Just helping with the training, my boot is full of balls. I would say football probably
takes up over 75% of my life at the moment. I’m pretty sure that there’s lots of mums
out there like me, that as well as doing what I do, will coach a team. COLEEN ROONEY: There’s a lot more mums getting heavily involved in football clubs today,
and it’s about time they get recognised for it. COLEEN ROONEY: With all of her kids’ activities, mum-of-four Joanne has little time for herself,
but she wouldn’t have it any other way. JOANNE: We all love football in this house. Charlie’s whole life is just playing football,
so obviously that’s taken over our lives. I believe the grassroots wouldn’t be the
same without the football mums. They do a lot behind the scenes that you just don’t
see. There’s people who do much more than me and deserve to be recognised. COLEEN ROONEY: I’ve come to meet some mums with truly inspirational football stories. COLEEN ROONEY: So what sacrifices do you make for your children to come here? JUSTINE: Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas. JULIE: I do help a lot for his team and my
other son’s team as well. You’ve sort of got not much of a social life. I’m 40 this year and I’m going to a football tournament on my 40th. COLEEN ROONEY: From coaching, managing teams, or volunteering at the club, they give up
hours of their time. JULIE: We’ve got Paul and Chris who manage, and I’m like the third ear. I feel like
I’m sort of part of the coaching team. COLEEN ROONEY: And how do you think the role
of being a football mum is much more than just bringing the kids to training and some
football games? JULIE: Definitely you see a lot more mums
getting involved in the actual game, with the mums acting as a coach.
COLEEN ROONEY: What’s the relationship like between all the mums at the club?
JOANNE: I’ve got quite a big family, it’s hard sometimes juggling them. I’ve got four
children. Last week, I was struggling, I couldn’t get Charlie to football, but you just put
a message out and within 5 minutes you’ve got 4 or 5 offers to take him for me. COLEEN ROONEY: We’re looking for football mums who are leading by example, taking an active role in keeping the grassroots game going. CHRIS: Without Julie, the club would really struggle to survive. She takes a lot of the
burden off the coaches in terms of what we do. She arranges everything for us and makes
sure everything runs like clockwork. COLEEN ROONEY: So, whose mum deserves to be Football Mum Of The Year? COLEEN ROONEY: Nominate a deserving mum in the 2017 McDonald’s Football Mum Of The Year. Nominate now at mcdonalds.co.uk/awards.