Here are eight great reasons nominate somebody right now
We’ve had a tremendous response to our call for nominations for the 2017 Welsh Community Football Awards. Thank you.
In the last few weeks, they've rolled in in their hundreds, from the length and breadth of Wales – but we want at least another 100 names in the shake-up by Sunday’s deadline.
If it’s not obvious why the tireless volunteers who give up their weekends to coach, transport and organise your son or daughter’s football team deserve an award, here’s a helping hand.
If just one of these reasons strikes a chord with you, please spare five minutes to complete the nomination form between now and midnight on Sunday.
1) Volunteers are hidden gems who shape amazing events and future stars
There are people at your club who give everything to make sure your child has a great time playing football and gives them the best chance possible to turn them into the next Gareth Bale or Jess Fishlock.
2) Without volunteers, football wouldn’t exist
How would we ever entertain our children if football didn’t exist? Doesn’t bear thinking about, eh?
3) They put smiles on children’s' faces
These people entertain our children more than the TV and the XBOX put together. Kids love playing football and these volunteers make sure that happens.
4) They give up their time without any financial reward
They don’t get any money for the work they do, so why not reward them with a nomination for one of the most sought after awards in Wales?
5) Every great player has been taught to love the game by a volunteer
Gareth Bale, Ryan Giggs and Ian Rush all still fondly remember the people who first helped them fall in love with football. Your child will too.
6) They help to bring communities together
Grassroots football clubs are one of the few remaining community pillars in our society. The people who give their time to run them deserve recognition both inside and outside of their clubs.
7) They raise money that’s vital to the future of football
There’s more to running a football club than organising fixtures, training sessions, pitches, changing rooms, food, drinks, kit, equipment, transport and coaching. Football clubs needs money to exist and these people go out of their way to help raise it.
8) They provide stability to large organisations but are vital for small ones
Whatever size your club is, the people giving up their time for nothing are the most important. They are the ones who deserve to be recognised, right now.
Football boasts 6 million volunteers across the UK, with many thousands of those here in Wales. We want every one of them in contention for a Welsh Community Football award.
They’ve certainly done their bit, now play your part by clicking on this link and completing the form.