It was with great pleasure that I today presented former Saddler Wayne Thomas with a cheque for £900 on behalf of ISSA.
The money will be used to start up the Chris Nicholl Foundation, which will be part of the Ace Academy set up , Wayne and his wife Clare who own Ace Academy will now use the said cash to put in place what will be a lasting tribute too Wayne’s former manager via the Ace platform.
Wherever Chris’s journey with his illness takes him there will now be two local grass roots set ups carrying his name, so he will always have a lasting legacy within the Borough of Walsall, because as you are aware a few weeks back also in conjunction with Forest Star, we launched the Chris Nicholl little stars, which saw Forest Star, also receive £900 and get their own home at the Railway Club,
I’m sure Wayne, Clare, Seth and Russell from both Ace and Forest Star respectively will do the big man proud and just maybe we will see one or more future saddlers emerging from two great set ups.
Chris will actively be involved with both set ups moving forward and I’m sure his help and advice to the young footballers attending both Ace and Forest Star will be a great help to all the kids starting their football journey.
We at ISSA are proud to have close links with both Ace and Forest Star and it is an honour for all involved to have played a par In honouring the big guy himself , whilst giving something back to grass roots football.