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 email@example.com
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.
Previously volunteering his time as a match-day steward, towards the end of last season Anthony demonstrated a desire to extend his involvement with the club away from matches, helping the support team clean up and close the ground.
During pre-season he has spent more time at the ground during weekdays and is always keen to contribute in whatever way he can. Giving him a sense of focus, he has become a valuable part of the volunteer team performing a variety of manual tasks to make sure the ground refurbishment ran smoothly.
The club can rely on Anthony’s excellent contribution and for this feels it is only right to reward his efforts with this award. He will be formally presented with his trophy and voucher at the York City game next weekend, where the club also celebrates everything great about Non-League Football.
Conor Hartwell (AKA Sandy the Lion)
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.
The first award of the season went to Darren Wildman and Dan Hayes as it was too difficult to only choose one.
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.
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.