Know that local ‘Football Family’ who’s obsessed with the beautiful game? Then nominate them for the latest category of our monthly #CelebrateEssex Twitter competition by the Thursday 9th December deadline.
#CelebrateEssex thanks the individuals and groups who make local football tick, highlighting the unpaid efforts of some of the Essex grassroots game’s true heroes. Via the @EssexCountyFA Twitter account, it showcases personal stories from grassroots personalities and increases their visibility as role models to inspire new faces to join the community as volunteers.
Once nominations close, a final voting stage on Twitter will identify the latest winners. December is the month of the ‘Football Family’ category. Football history features many high-profile collectives, but there are also local families who keep grassroots football going, including mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, for whom football is unavoidable in their households!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of grassroots football, putting in countless hours of their time so others can enjoy playing the game. Football needs more helpers, but it also needs to retain and recognise those already involved. Through this regular Twitter activity, #CelebrateEssex aims to do just that, promoting ten different roles throughout the year.
This category has been specially scheduled to coincide with Christmas and International Volunteer Day on Sunday 5th December. Future months will feature: January: Media Manager, February: Coach (Youth and Adult), March: Footie Mum, April: Treasurer, May: Secretary, June: Chairperson. Last season’s winners were The Hunwicks from Chadwell Heath Spartans FC.
Stage One: Make Your Nomination on Twitter
If you know a Football Family who you think should receive some special thanks, anyone can make a nomination by tweeting (by 9th December):
“I nominate [Insert Name and/or Twitter Username] from [Insert Club/Team or Twitter Username] as @EssexCountyFA #CelebrateEssex Football Family because…”
State why your nominees should be the winners 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 winners of the poll will be contacted to be that month’s ‘Volunteers of the Month’!
Follow the #CelebrateEssex hashtag on Twitter to keep track of the nominations! 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.
#CelebrateEssex Terms and Conditions
* previous category winners are ineligible for 2021/22 voting
* irregular voting patterns could result in the suspension of a category
* Twitter’s interpretation of the vote winner, as viewed by @EssexCountyFA, is final
Essex Celebrates International Volunteer Day
Worldwide Occasion on 5th December
The United Nations Volunteers Programme coordinates International Volunteer Day on 5th December every year to recognize and promote the tireless work of volunteers across the globe. Every day, volunteers dedicate time and effort to help organise grassroots football.
Volunteers engage communities and support their club, leagues and groups to help build a better and safer future for the local game. Encouraging, recognizing and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities worldwide. Find out more by following this link.