​Michael Gold

Mike Gold (born 1965) is an experienced youth worker, teacher and Martial Arts Instructor as well as a Drug and bereavement counsellor. He works with people of all ages and abilities including Special Needs. Michael helped create Drugs Support Line Ilford and works with many charities on a voluntary basis.
His current role within the club is as the Youth Welfare Officer as well as being the senior sports coordinator in Bala's absence.

He has vast amounts of experience in working with young people and is a valued member of the team. His service to the club is mostly on a voluntary basis and has been with the club since Sept 2005.

In the time he has been with the club he has demonstrated sincere care and dedication to his trade as the first aider and Child Protection Officer. He allows no room for failure on his part and as a result advises if a player is well enough to participate in any physical activities, which all coaches must consider with utmost respect. Admittedly, this is an area that did not have an experienced person assigned to previously and has progressed with some great standards being set in the last year, which the club hopes to uphold.
Although, the young people may not agree with his advise they do adhere to it knowing that all is being said with good intensions and with their safety in mind, always!

Personal Mission Statement

Every young person has a special talent, something they are good at. My job as a youth worker is to find and unlock that talent. This in turn will help a young person find their self-esteem and motivate them to plan and then reach their goals.

The club culture that I aim to shape welcomes values and supports young people of various ethnicities, religions, languages, colours, disabilities and perspectives, and I aim to create an environment in which men and women can freely pursue their talents and callings in a climate that nurtures their full potential. This is achieved by leading-by-example. I try not making any pre-conceptions about a young persons’ ability and, where possible, I treat them all equally. I also challenge behaviour of a discriminatory nature, be it about race, religion, colour, gender, disability or even the type of clothes that they wear or type of music that a young person listens to; and when challenged, I try to engage the group in a discussion about the issues raised in order to make the learning opportunity complete.

This culture of diversity should not only celebrate the freedom and vitality, but will allow young people to learn to interact and demonstrate leadership at home, at work and in the international arena.

Only a diverse community can offer our young people a model of the workplaces and polities in which we expect them to interact. We need to prepare them for such environments by making the club itself a model of inclusion and respect for differing perspectives and diverse ways of living, learning and flourishing.

Furthermore, I expect the young people I come into contact with to carry this model of inclusion forward to improve their own workplaces and life experiences.  Only when young people accept diversity at home, can that respect spread to help heal the hatred in the world today.

Additionally, I want to empower every young person. An empowered young person makes up their own mind and does not need to follow the crowd. An empowered young person knows the difference between right and wrong, moral and immoral and knows how to say no; and will say no.