WELL DONE | Volunteer of the Month
Sep 6, 2018 2037 Views

WELL DONE | Volunteer of the Month

As 2018 is Sefton’s ‘Year of the Volunteer’, we think it’s only right to continue recognise our superb volunteers once again this season. That is why the Southport Football Club Volunteer of the Month award is back for the 2018/19 season!

Remember you can nominate someone by emailing the person’s name and a brief description of why they should be acknowledged by the club to volunteers@southportfc.net


  • September – by Sunday 30 September (announced Saturday 13 October against York City)
  • October – by Wednesday 31 October (announced Saturday 10 November against Guiseley)
  • November – by Friday 30 November (announced Saturday 1 December against Leamington)

The announcement of the winner each month will be made at the home games indicated above and will receive an M&S voucher from our partners, The County Group.

August’s Winner

Conor Hartwell (AKA Sandy the Lion)

Sandy in the Old Gold

Nearly 16, Conor is one of Southport Football Club’s most committed volunteers. Over a busy summer he has been representing the club across the town at a number of charity events.

Sandy the Lion is in high-demand throughout the community and this is down to Conor’s natural and engaging interactions with young fans and families.

A key part of the new Community Foundation and its ability to raise the profile of the club, he is passionate about the role he holds, along with his mother who supports him in every possible way.

Conor will be presented with his award at the Darlington home league game next Saturday, where we hope everyone will join us in celebrating but more importantly thanking him for his achievements at such a young age. We might also see what he looks like in real life as he’s usually in ‘Sandy’ mode.

July’s Winners

The first award of the season went to Darren Wildman and Dan Hayes as it was too difficult to only choose one.

Darren Wildman & Dan Hayes

Darren Wildman

U17 Academy Southport Manager

Darren has played an integral part in the last season’s professional development phase and supported in getting the setup in to an investable position for the 2018/19 season.

Over the summer Darren has organised the trials for the new academy setup as well as creating posters, social media adverts, registers and medical forms so every single player is looked after and in turn setting a great first professional impression.

He is always the first to arrive and set-up all the kit and equipment for matches before players arrive. Darren is a FIFA medical diploma holder and provides 24/7 support and advice to all players along with doing his UEFA B License in what spare time he has left.

Dan Hayes

Vice Chairman of Southport Youth/Juniors

Working day and night to ensure the full junior section have been registered on the FA system, along with players kit and payments being setup, he has done the hard jobs to get everyone ready for the new season which equates to over 100 players in over a dozen teams.

Dan also sorted the ‘One Port’ season tickets out for the players and constantly stuck to strict deadlines to ensure all of the above has been completed.

He has gone above and beyond what his role requires to ensure everything runs smoothly in probably the busiest period of the football calendar.

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