Do you know a supportive adult or youth football coach who puts their players first and has their development and best interests at heart? Then nominate them for the latest category of our #CelebrateEssex competition by Friday 18th February.
Via the @EssexCountyFA Twitter account, #CelebrateEssex shines a light on the crucial football volunteers who keep the game ticking at grassroots level. It showcases personal stories from local personalities and increases their visibility as role models, encouraging new faces to come forward. A final voting stage on Twitter will then identify the latest winner.
#CelebrateEssex highlights the unpaid efforts of the Essex grassroots game’s true heroes, and February is the month of the two ‘Coach’ categories - Adult and Youth. Excellent coaches take ownership of the development of their players, who can experience a variety of opportunities to learn the game, including rotating positions and fair playing time.
They provide an ideal, positive environment, using age-appropriate language. Successful coaches allow their players to have the freedom to play and express themselves, supporting and encouraging them to develop independently, too. Youth coaches also have the added quality of communicating effectively with players’ parents.
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.
Future months will feature: March: Footie Mum, April: Treasurer, May: Secretary, June: Chairperson. Last year’s adult coach winner was Ben Adams from Corinthians FC. He reacted: “Coaching is so rewarding. Seeing the progression makes me feel proud of what I do. Create your own style and be confident. Yes, it can be hard work, but there is no better feeling when everything works out.”
Stage One: Make Your Nomination on Twitter
If you know a coach who you think should receive some special thanks, anyone can make a nomination by tweeting (by 18th February):
“I nominate [Insert Name and/or Twitter Username] from [Insert Club/Team or Twitter Username] as @EssexCountyFA #CelebrateEssex Coach 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