NFF Set To Recognise Grassroots Volunteers

Northern Football Federation (NFF) is proud to announce its second annual Federation Community Awards to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by volunteers within the Football Community.

The NFF Community Awards aim to recognise volunteers across the Federations regions that make a difference to grassroots Football within their local community – the people who have dedicated their time this year to develop tomorrow’s All Whites and Football Ferns while ensuring a safe and positive environment for thousands of players.

NFF is sending out a Call for Nominations to all affiliated clubs and members to submit nominations for those who give so much time and effort within the grassroots of the beautiful game.

Chief Executive John Limna was amazed with the calibre of nominees from last year, and is looking forward to hearing about the great work that happens daily within the community

“We were blown away by the effort that the volunteers within our community last year. Being the first time the Federation based community awards had been run we were unsure on what type of nominations we would receive but it really showed that there is a massive support network within our clubs that deserves to be recognised”

NFF have also added in a new category for 2017, the Youth Volunteer of the Year award which is due to the rise in numbers of young people volunteering within the community and NFF have recognised that they often don’t get the recognition they deserve because of the years of service adults put in.

“Along with the extra award, this year we are also opening up the nomination window for a longer period. This is based on feedback from our Community that the end of season time is usually very busy stressful for those within clubs” said Limna

“Our aim is not to burden those who are making a difference with more work, but to recognise their amazing efforts and achievements from throughout the year”.

The Nomination period is between 17 May and 31 July 2017. Presentations will be made during the close of season period at the winner’s clubs prize giving if possible.

Any person that meets the current award eligibility criteria may be entered for consideration. Eligible entries are for achievements, stories or contributions that take place during the 2017 season.

Nominations for the 2017 NFF Community Awards can be made here

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For more information on the 2017 NFF Community Awards please contact NFF Marketing Communications Manager Mike Hadnett: Mike.Hadnett@nff.org.nz