Anyone that has had the opportunity to play at Terrigal United’s spiritual home ground Duffy Oval at the Central Coast would have noticed one busy volunteer running around ensuring everything was good to go, that person being Troy Pegler.
Known as the Club Captain of the mighty Terrigal United Football Club, the self-confessed Liverpool FC fanatic understands the important role volunteers play in our wonderful game.
“Volunteers ARE grassroots football.
“Every ball kicked and every goal scored can be traced back to the hard work by our dedicated volunteers.”
Currently in his sixth year as a volunteer at the club, Pegler’s passion for the game came from the first Australian ever to play for the mighty Liverpool FC club, namely Craig Johnston.
“Playing as a youngster and seeing Aussie Craig Johnston play for Liverpool was where my football journey started.
“The love continued as I’ve enjoyed watching my children find their passion within the beautiful game as well.”
Pegler’s two sons Cooper and Jeremy both watch and have the pleasure of having their father with them at training sessions and matches over the weekend’s, enjoying the world game as a family unit.
“Both my sons, Jeremy (U11’s) and Cooper (U13’s) both love playing for Terrigal United and both contribute to the cadet referee program at the club.
“It’s great having that bond with them as football unites everyone.”
In true volunteer spirit, Pegler has continued with his hard work and dedication in ensuring his beloved Terrigal United club participants have been kept well informed during this unprecedented COVID-19 halt to football.
“I have been putting the unusual free time back into the club to ensure that our 2020 Season is memorable for all of our members in more ways than this crazy COVID-19 enforced break.
“From communicating to members to tidying up our website, I have been hard at it to make sure we’re ready for the season.
“It’s immeasurable the gap that football has left in our family life.
“I will never complain about running around like crazy from ground to ground because this period has made me realise how fulfilling it is.
“From a club perspective, I miss hearing the results from coaches that have taken on our rivals around the Coast.”
Troy’s dedication to the volunteer cause has not gone unnoticed as Terrigal United President Sharon Baxter, who is in her 20th year volunteering for the club, also heaped praise on Pegler’s dedication to the sport.
Football NSW is celebrating National Volunteer Week acknowledging the amazing and wonderful support our football family receives from our generous volunteers who continually dedicate their time in ensuring our game continues week to week.