Staffordshire FA Young Volunteer of the Year Award – Ben Lester

On Saturday 11th September the search was finally over for Staffordshire’s Grassroots Football Clubs, Coaches and Volunteers of the year with our very own Ben Lester walking away with Young Volunteer of the Year Award. The Staffordshire Football Associations annual awards held at Port Vale Football Club, recognises the cream of the crop from the grassroots game for their achievements during the 2009/10 Season.

Each of the winners had been nominated for their award earlier in the year, and the Staffordshire FA Charter Standard Working Party, along with members of staff, had the difficult decision of selecting the winners.

Staffordshire FA Football Development Officer, Gareth Thomas: “Across the county, people are working hard week in and week out to provide a professional, fun and rewarding football experience for the local community and we are delighted that The FA and McDonald’s have recognised these clubs and individuals with the Community Awards.”

A total of 33 invited guests attended the awards ceremony which took place prior to Port Vale’s league fixture against Aldershot. Guests enjoyed pre-match hospitality in the Vice Presidents Suite prior to taking their seats in the stand for the game; which the home side went on to win by a goal to nil to take them to joint top of the League Two table, much to the delight of the Vale fans in attendance!

In addition to their day out at Vale Park, the award winners had previously enjoyed a day out at Wembley Stadium courtesy of the awards sponsors McDonald’s, for the FA Community Shield game between Manchester United and Chelsea in August.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award: Ben Lester (Penkridge Junior FC)

A massive well done to Ben, this is a great achievement for someone so young who devotes so much of their own free time to Penkridge Junior Football Club and grassroots football.

About Pete Spillard

Manager of Penkridge Junior U14's, FA level 2 qualified coach and Vice Chairman of PJFC Support Wolves and work in my spare time :)