Everyone at London Bees was thrilled to present the Jack Petchey award for outstanding achievement to Grishma Patel at half time during yesterday’s game against Crystal Palace.

Head of Bees in the community and group marketing manager presented Grishma with her award and as a token to celebrate her superb achievement she was also presented with a signed Bees shirt on The Hive London pitch (See picture above)

Grishma’s story

We first met Grishma, she had met our coaching team when she attended some our PL Kicks sessions on an ad hoc basis and then later trailed out for the London Youth Games team, we were running for Harrow council. She was an avid sports fan loved to participate in football and desperate to become part of the team. She, unfortunately, she didn’t make the team that year but she didn’t let that stop her.

Grishma quickly became a session regular and worked closely with our coaching team learning the ropes of coaching, Grishma had so much enthusiasm and grew in confidence and ability as she continued to work with us. Grishma has been with us for almost a year, she has now taken real ownership during sessions, with assistance from our coaches showing her how to most effectively structure sessions, Grishma now leads small group activities and referees’ games by herself. She has even now started to progress into coaching within her school environment and takes lead on football and cricket session for younger students. Grishma has even inspired her siblings to come and get involved in the Premier League Kicks project too! As a result of her selfless and inspiring work – there is no doubt that Grishma is a worthy winner of this award. 


Everyone at London Bees would like to congratulate Grishma on this magnificent achievement – keep up the good work! 



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