Do you know a ‘Young Volunteer’ who leads the way in developing your club or league for the future? Nominations for the Essex County FA’s latest #CelebrateEssex competition category are being collected until Thursday 16th September on Twitter to highlight the unpaid efforts of some of the local game’s grassroots heroes.
#CelebrateEssex, organised via the @EssexCountyFA Twitter account, is back for the 2021/22 season to showcase personal stories from Essex grassroots personalities, increasing their visibility as role models to inspire new faces to join the community as volunteers. Once nominations for the monthly contest close, a final voting stage on Twitter will identify the latest winner.
September is the month of the ‘Young Volunteer’ category, coinciding with recruitment for the Essex County FA Youth Forum. Essex is fortunate to have a large number of talented individuals who are determined to develop themselves and emerge as the next generation of the local game. They coach and work with teams, referee, run events, promote the sport and champion the Respect Campaign.
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.
The category has been specifically scheduled for September to raise awareness of the opportunity to join the Youth Forum. Future months will feature: October: Welfare Officer, November: Footie Dad, December: Football Family, January: Media Manager, February: Coach (Youth and Adult), March: Footie Mum, April: Treasurer, May: Secretary, June: Chairperson.
Stage One: Make Your Nomination on Twitter
If you know a Young Volunteer who you think should receive some special thanks, anyone can make a nomination by tweeting (by 16th September):
“I nominate [Insert Name or Twitter Username] from [Insert Club/Team or Twitter Username] as @EssexCountyFA #CelebrateEssex Young Volunteer 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 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
New Youth Forum Members Sought by Essex County FA
Could You Represent Young People in Local Football?
The Essex County FA Youth Forum is a team of passionate individuals with a drive to influence change within football from a youth perspective, and recruitment is underway for members to get involved during the 2021/22 season.
Young people between the ages of 15-24 are invited to apply to represent children and young people and help to shape and develop football within the county. The aim of the Youth Forum is to give a voice to, and engage with, young people, leading on their own projects as well as assisting with key Essex County FA initiatives. Find out more by following this link.