Treasurers ensure their grassroots club or league stays financially sustainable, keep vital records and handle transactions, and invitations are open until Wednesday 9th May for the county’s best to be nominated for a #CelebrateEssex Award.
#CelebrateEssex, organised through the our Twitter account at @EssexCountyFA, aims to promote inspirational personal examples and stories, encouraging new faces to get involved and grow the grassroots community. Once nominations close, a select group will be chosen for a Twitter poll to identify the monthly winner who’ll receive a prize and extra public plaudits. May is the month of the ‘Treasurer’ category.
Treasurers play a crucial role to ensure income exceeds, or at least matches, expenditure and that adequate records are kept. In this difficult financial climate it is important to raise funds quickly to cover essential expenditure such as affiliation and league membership fees, pitch hire charges, kit and equipment. This may involve fundraising activities, seeking sponsorship or applying for grants, so volunteer treasurers are literally worth their weight in gold.
Nominations for each month’s category winner are collected, analysed and whittled down into candidates for a Twitter online poll/vote. This lasts for seven days, after which a winner is named and celebrated. A #CelebrateEssex web page will be created featuring the details of the project, a schedule of forthcoming votes and a listing of previous winners.
#CelebrateEssex started in March when Frinton & Walton YFC’s Lisa Ursell was named winner of the ‘Footie Mum’ section. Then five-year-old Grays Athletic fan Millie claimed an April ‘Supporter’ triumph. The competition will also feature: June: Footie Dad, July: Chairperson, August: Manager, September: Secretary, October: Welfare Officer, November: Young Volunteer, December: Fundraiser, January: Groundsperson, February: Coach.
Stage One: Make Your Nomination on Twitter
If you know a Treasurer who you think should receive some special thanks, anyone can make a nomination by tweeting (by 9th May):
“I nominate [Insert Name/Handle] as @EssexCountyFA #CelebrateEssex Treasurer because…”
State why your nominee should be the winner and be as descriptive as you can in 280 characters! It’s important to use the #CelebrateEssex hashtag to ensure your entry is registered.
Stage Two: Nominations Reviewed
Once the window closes, all the nominations received will be collated and a panel will decide which individuals will be progressed to the Twitter poll/vote...
Stage Three: Let Voting Commence!
A Twitter poll/vote will be available at @EssexCountyFA for seven days, featuring profiles of the nominees so voters can make an informed decision on who to vote for.
Stage Four: And Our Winner Is…
The winner of the poll will be contacted to be that month’s ‘Volunteer of the Month’, who’ll receive a prize plus promotional activities to celebrate their work.
Follow the #CelebrateEssex hashtag on Twitter to keep track of the competition! To find out more about volunteering in grassroots Essex football, browse the 'Volunteers' category above, follow @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and search for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.