It’s either good or mad

“It’s either good or mad!” David Stewart observed about the small-sided football league he has set up. “I’ve basically set it all up on my own and sometimes I get a lot of stress, being the one in charge. If anything goes wrong it’s all down to me!”

David is a 17-year old Doncaster College business student who has set up and is running the league called NBT (Next Big Thing) which is a 7-a-side football league for young adults aged 14-19, based on the town fields in the centre of Doncaster. David explained how it all got going.

“A few friends on Facebook were looking to play football but the local leagues are so competitive there are very few vacancies so I thought I could set one up. I got ten teams interested, worked out the fixtures and then booked an Astroturf pitch on the town fields and it went from there.”

David referees the games himself and then sells refreshments such as bottles of water, fruit and other healthy-based energy foods to the teams at half time.

“I’m not doing it for the money. It all goes back into hiring pitches, purchasing footballs, prizes etc. I enjoy the game and it gives a chance for a great bunch of lads to do something healthy and not sit at home on their Xbox.”

David’s initiative has been rewarded by winning the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Free Press Superkids Awards for which he received a variety of ‘handy’ vouchers. He was particularly pleased with a family ticket to watch his local football team, Doncaster Rovers.

Once David has finished his Level 3 Business and Administration Course at the College he hopes to go to University and study management and turn his skills and talent to running his own business. That shouldn’t be too hard after his recent entrepreneurial experiences. But in the meantime, David says, “I’m hoping to add another division to the league and start promotion and relegation battles so the players have something to aim for.”

David is aiming high and is certainly in a league of his own!

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