LINCOLNSHIRE FA WOULD LIKE TO SAY A HUGE well done TO VAUGHAN FOSTER OF BARTON JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB, FOR WINNING OUR 2020 GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD!
Vaughan was a well-deserved winner from a very competitive shortlist, which included Danny and Jill Jackson (Crowland Juniors), Mick Vines (Boston Town FC), Khris Jamen (Pointon FC) and Audrey Hargreaves (Lowlands JFC).
After receiving confirmation of the award, here’s what Vaughan had to say.
“My initial reaction was of total amazement as no doubt there are many other volunteers who are deserving of a volunteer award. My involvement in grassroots football started over 20 years ago when my son came home and said that they had no one to take his team to a football tournament. A year later the club had no one to take over as Secretary and Treasurer and I said, ‘ok I will do the jobs for a year or until someone else comes forward’. As they say, the rest is history and 20 years later I am still acting as Secretary and Treasurer and thoroughly enjoying the positions.
“Winning the award is not only fantastic for myself but also for the Club I represent and it would not have been achieved without the help of my family and all my colleagues at the Club, past and present.
“I would hope as we move forward that more people come forward as volunteers when they finish coaching teams. Many people seem to disappear from grassroots football when the team they run generally finish when they reach the Under 16 age. Please think about remaining in the game as a volunteer as we need as many to help as possible.”
Congratulations to Vaughan once again and to everyone else who made this year’s shortlist. Keep your eye on our website for further Grassroots Football Award articles…