I love football and I love people – coach Goodhall
GARY Goodhall's dedication to football development and coaching over a 40-year period has earned him a nomination in the Outstanding Services to Sport category in the Gloucestershire Media Diamond Jubilee Sports Awards.
The 59-year-old is welfare officer at Cheltenham Spa CS Ladies Football Club, where he also runs the women's first team.
The club also run girls sides and a boys team.
Goodhall has been on a mission for the last decade to encourage more girls to take up football and he was one of the founding members of Cheltenham Spa CS six years ago.
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It started with six girls having a kickaround at Naunton Park and has now grown into a thriving club, with a base at the Civil Service Sports ground on Tewkesbury Road.
Goodhall is a well known and popular figure in Cheltenham footballing circles.
He joined Cheltenham Saracens at 16 and he enjoyed running teams from an early age.
He ran Arle Old Boys before taking charge of Cheltenham Saracens' second team.
He then guided Cheltenham Civil Service to back-to-back promotions from the Cheltenham League to Division One of the Northern Senior League.
Goodhall carried on playing until he was 50, but has since dedicated most his spare time to helping girls football thrive.
"I love football and I love people, so I've always enjoyed being involved and running teams, giving people a chance to play and enjoy themselves," he said. "The most important thing is to have a wife who supports you and I've been lucky enough to have that with my wife Shirley."
â The closing date for nominations to the awards has been extended to next Friday.