Where do you find some of the key information about your club, league or organisation? And who puts it out there? ‘Media Manager’ is the latest category of the monthly #CelebrateEssex volunteer awards, and nominations can be made on Twitter to say thank you to the invaluable key figures around the county who make the local game tick.
#CelebrateEssex recognition shines a light on some of local football’s unsung heroes. It showcases personal stories from Essex legends, increasing their visibility as role models to engage new members and inspiring newcomers to join the grassroots community as volunteers. Nominations are required via the @EssexCountyFA account by Thursday 14th January.
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 monthly Twitter activity, #CelebrateEssex aims to do just that, promoting ten different roles throughout the year.
January is the month of the ‘Media Manager’ category. Modern Media Managers need proficient communication skills and creativity as the public face representing their club, league or organisation. They provide creative content for websites and social media, whether that be written or audio/video, regularly networking to ensure they can be both reactive and proactive.
Especially in the current climate, the distribution of timely and accurate information is particularly crucial, and a proficient Media Manager, Press Officer or marketing lead will play a pivotal role. Future months will feature these further key categories: February: Coach (Youth and Adult), March: Footie Mum, April: Treasurer, May: Secretary, June: Chairperson.
Last year’s winner was Neil Hunwicks of Chadwell Heath Spartans FC. He reacted: “I love football, and love photography, so the two just went hand-in-hand for me. Getting involved in grassroots football was the best thing I ever did. It allows me to totally switch off from everything on a Saturday afternoon and focus on doing my little bit to support the team.”
Stage One: Make Your Nomination on Twitter
If you know a Media Manager who you think should receive some special thanks, anyone can make a nomination by tweeting (by 14th January):
“I nominate [Insert Name or Twitter Username] from [Insert Club/Team or Twitter Username] as @EssexCountyFA #CelebrateEssex Media Manager 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’!
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 2020/21 nomination
* irregular voting patterns could result in the suspension of a category