Every club has a secretary performing crucial tasks to keep grassroots football ticking, and this month’s #CelebrateEssex competition aims to recognise them through nominations on Twitter by Wednesday 12th September.
#CelebrateEssex, organised via our Twitter account, promotes 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 hero, who’ll receive a prize and extra public plaudits.
September is the month of the ‘Secretary’ category. The secretary is one of the most important roles in a club or league, and is the main point of contact with the County FA, team managers and other clubs or leagues. The secretary will look after the administrative duties and make vital off-pitch arrangements which help players to enjoy games on the field.
Nominations for each month’s #CelebrateEssex category 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. Previously Frinton & Walton Youth’s Lisa Ursell became the ‘Footie Mum’ victor and five-year-old Grays Athletic fan Millie claimed the ‘Supporter’ triumph.
Concord Rangers’ Jack Smith won the ‘Treasurer’ category in May. In June, Jason Plunkett was recognised as Essex’s best ‘Footie Dad’ and Keith Di Palma from Tigers JFC was the winning ‘Chairperson’ in July. In August, Robert Hutchings-Spiller of South Benfleet United and Leigh Town was the #CelebrateEssex ‘Manager’.
The competition has proved to be popular so far, and future months will also eventually feature: October: Welfare Officer, November: Young Volunteer, December: Fundraiser, January: Groundsperson, February: Coach.
Stage One: Make Your Nomination on Twitter
If you know a Secretary who you think should receive some special thanks, anyone can make a nomination by tweeting (by 12th September):
“I nominate [Insert Name/Handle] as @EssexCountyFA #CelebrateEssex Secretary 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' menu above, follow @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and search for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.