Paige Jensen has been a part of Tuggeranong United for thirteen years when her eldest child began playing at age 5. At the start of the 2019 season, United’s U12s team was left with no coach or manager and not enough player, so Paige took it upon herself to find more players to create a team.
So if it wasn’t for Paige there would be 20 plus boys not playing football this year.
“It didn’t seem fair that the boys might not be able to play and it just wasn’t an option to quit, especially if you have kids willing to get up off the couch a few times a week to learn and play,” Paige said.
“What I love about these kids is their willingness to try, their sense of fun and their love of playing. They play for one another.
“No one really expected this team to do overly well, but I’m proud to say they’ve come away with a few wins – they play in the spirit of the game, win, lose or draw and that’s the most important thing.”
Would Paige recommend volunteering?
“Absolutely yes! It’s an old idea but the value of giving back to something bigger than yourself is a rewarding one,” she said.
“I value our community and, even though it’s a small one, clubs like TUFC are an integral part of this community. For me, it represents an opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy a team sport together.”