Roaring success for Park Tigers Manager

Barry Coombs (back row, right) set up a junior football club five years ago
Barry Coombs (back row, right) set up a junior football club five years ago

A father who set up a football team after taking his son to a taster session five years ago is the latest recipient of a British Steel Community Champion Award.

Barry Coombs introduced his son to the sport with a taster session put on by Park Tigers Football Club in 2012.

After agreeing to help out as a volunteer with future sessions, Barry was asked to set up a junior team and subsequently became Manager of the under 11s.

“I’ve taken the team from the beginning and I still have some of the original players in the team,” said Barry, who is a Planner at British Steel's Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) Plant in Scunthorpe.

“It’s been great to watch them grow up and get better at football. My boy’s not so little now but he is still the reason I do this and I get to watch him play every week through rain or shine at the same time as supporting and helping to develop the other children.”

Barry’s Community Champion award will assist the club in purchasing new goals, bibs, and cones.

British Steel Community Champion awards give employees who volunteer in their local community an opportunity to apply for up to £200 for their community organisation. This is part of the company's wider Building Stronger Communities programme, which provides support to charities and non-profit organisations to help support the economic and social wellbeing of the areas in which the company operates.