Sunday’s FA Women’s National League match with Portishead Town marked a very special afternoon for 
A trustee of the Maidenhead United FC Community Trust, Tanya Davis-Hussain. Tanya is an incredibly active volunteer at the club who also is the club’s Women and Girls Lead (which includes overseeing the operation of our Women’s First and Development teams), Treasurer of Maidenhead United Juniors and Community Activities Co-ordinator on match days. 
Tanya - a Maidonian, born and bred – was nominated as the club’s ‘More Than A Game’ Premier League Community Captain for 2023/24 and was presented with the award before the Magpies Women recorded an entertaining 4-0 win over Portishead Town and she posed for pictures with the team and our mascots from Riverside Primary School. Tanya was taken to games at York Road as a young girl and her dad played football locally. As a mum of three boys, football has always been a major part of her life. Tanya was previously involved with Maidenhead Boys & Girls FC, volunteering in a number of roles to enable the day-to-day functioning of the club. 
Tanya is a proper grass-roots football volunteer, who is not afraid to literally get her hands dirty undertaking any role at the club. The following is a non-exhaustive list of roles she has undertaken; treasurer, kit manager, kit washer, tea-bar cook, party co-ordinator, mascot chaperone, transportation co-ordinator, car park attendant, first aider, turnstile/admission gate operator, charity fund raiser, children’s activity co-ordinator. 
Tanya started volunteering for Maidenhead United and became a trustee of the Maidenhead United FC Community Trust in 2019 after the formation of Maidenhead United FC Juniors. At that time Tanya became Treasurer of the Juniors and started championing women’s and girls teams within the club. Tanya has been instrumental in putting the current management structure in place for Maidenhead United FC Women and her fund-raising efforts in obtaining invaluable sponsorship have borne the fruit of a brand-new women’s development team at the club, allowing more and more young female players access to quality coaching in order to fulfil their potential. 
As someone who is unable to say ‘no’ to request for help at the club, Tanya sees her weekends and evenings as a volunteer busy with footballing tasks of all shapes and sizes. With three young adult boys of her own she remains a caring mother and a devoted wife to Farooq and has to occasionally be reminded by her family to take time out for their needs too! 
Tanya has supported the work of Maidenhead United In The Community through her work as matchday events co-ordinator, helping to attract more families and young children to matches so that they are able to experience and understand more about what Maidenhead United In The Community does and what it can offer. Tanya has also headed up charitable Christmas collections of toys and gifts for disadvantaged children and families, contacting local retailers for help, setting up and promoting Just Giving, wrapping and delivering gifts to institutions supporting those in need. Tanya has been supported in these endeavours by members of the Maidenhead United Women’s football team with whom she has developed a close bond, acting as a mentor for many of the players. 
It is no exaggeration to say that Tanya’s involvement has helped many more young children and women have opportunities to play football in an organised and safe environment. Since Tanya has come on board, the Juniors section has grown by more than a third and Tanya’s trusted worked as treasurer has meant that youngsters and parents can rest assured that the club is financially sound. Tanya’s further work with sponsors and suppliers has allowed Maidenhead United Women FC to inaugurate a Development team for 2023/24, giving even more young women the opportunity to express their talents. 
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