Fifty Years Volunteering at Gosnells Football Club

Football club volunteer George Leathley. Picture: Jon Hewson d439493
Football club volunteer George Leathley. Picture: Jon Hewson d439493

WHEN the annual report came out for the Gosnells Football Club, George Leathley was put down as a jack-of-all-trades.

Mr Leathley has volunteered for 50 years and in his time at the club as a volunteer, he has held various positions including secretary, bar manager, interchange steward and records collector.

The 70-year-old was awarded with a Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering gong as part of the 2015 Clubs WA Awards for Excellence for his service at the Gosnells club.

He said the reason he decided to begin volunteering was because he wasn’t “much good at footy” but wanted to be part of the club.

“I do it because of the love of football and people you meet – the camaraderie,” he said.

“I wasn’t much good and when I got the chance to play I was so proud to wear the jumper

“I just think it (the award) recognises the service that I have given to football in particular and I encourage anyone to volunteer.”

Mr Leathley played football for the club back in the early 1960s, but he was struggling to get a game in the starting 18.

He said his final game for the club was in 1963 and from then, he started volunteering and helping out with various other aspects of the club.

But it’s not just the club he volunteers for, Mr Leathley gives his time to various other organisations including the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia, the Addie Mills Centre and the Gosnells Civic Centre.

Mr Leathley retired from full-time work 10 years ago and he said he found volunteering a good way to keep his brain active.

“I find it fills in my days nicely and not too many days go by where I am idle and that keeps my brain going,” he said.

“I would get bored if I didn’t do it there are only a certain amount things you can do.”