Do you know one of football's unsung heroes?

BBC Sports Unsung Hero AwardClub Website is on the lookout for football’s most special volunteers as we join the hunt for this year’s BBC Unsung Hero.

The award, part of the BBC’s 2010 Sports Personality of the Year event, scours the UK for a very special person working in sport.

Now in its eighth year, the award recognises someone who dedicates their life to promoting sport in their community, taking no reward from it other than the pleasure of helping others to take part and enjoy their sport.

Here at Club Website we know that football in the UK relies on its army of dedicated volunteers and, as we saw earlier this season at the English FA Community Awards, some of the hardest working volunteers come from clubs or leagues using our service.

So we want to know do you know someone who goes that extra mile to make a difference to football in your area or helps others take part in football within your community?

If so, then why not nominate them for the BBC’s Sports Unsung Hero 2010 award?

The search, which takes place across the UK throughout October, is looking for an Unsung Hero for each of the BBC’s 15 nations and regions.

Each of these winners will be invited to this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year show in Birmingham on 19 December, where the overall winner – chosen by a  judging panel that includes leading sporting figures – will be announced.

What sort of person are the BBC looking for?

The Beeb want to know about an individual who, on a voluntary basis, makes a real difference to sport within their area.

This person will give their time and talents to enable others to participate in sport by helping an individual, team or teams at any level. They must gain no financial reward for their time and must be aged 16 years or over.

Previous winners of the Unsung Hero award include:

* Margaret Simons (2007 winner), who has run Bardwell Football Club in Oxfordshire since founding it in 1964;
* Val Hanover (2006), who trains children with learning difficulties in North Shropshire for the Special Olympics;
* Ben Geyser (2008), the driving force behind Dorchester Boxing Club;
* Doreen Adcock (2009), the 72-year-old swimming instructor who taught more than 13,000 people to swim in Milton Keynes over the last 35 years.

So if you know someone like Margaret, Val, Ben or Doreen, whose unselfish and hard-working commitment to sport in their communities deserves recognition, then make sure you put them forward.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the BBC website and full instructions are included on the form. Nominations must be returned by Friday 29 October.

Tell us about them!

As well as telling the BBC about your Unsung Hero, we’d love to hear a bit about them and why you are nominating them, so either leave a comment below this article or email [email protected].

More places to shout about your Unsung Hero

Barclays Community Sports AwardsIf you’re nominating someone for the BBC’s Unsung Hero Award, why not also put them forward for the Barclays Community Sports Award, a monthly award with a £1,000 prize.

Find out more.

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  1. billy inglis on October 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Mr Ian Stevenson founder of Lenzie Youth Club in 1980 and also a founing member of Eastercraigs Boys Club some 20 years before that,Mr S is now over 70 and is still running the club and his own 1997 age group team,he can be seen most days at our training pitch at Boghead and still takes to do with our club secretarial work,he is working with the SFA
    to gain the club the Quality Mark Award,2 days a week he trains the local Primary school Millersneuk P6/7s and runs tournaments 2/3 times a year for the schools,each year Ian organises the Lenzie football festival and this year our 30th Anniversary we had our 25th Lenzie Festival,we have nominated Mr S for various awards over the years but to no avail,
    Ian is very well known in the football world in Scotland and abroad,,his club motto has always been”Participation not Anti-social behaviour”
    1000s of kids have been in Lenzie Youth Club over the past 30 years & several have gone onto play sports at higher levels this season saw Lenzie start 3 of its youngest age groups at 6/7/8 years of age and our age 5 group begin training in November,please put Ian forward for this award,Thanks Billy Inglis

  2. derek culbard on July 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    played for ian at eastercraigs 1967 68 69…tell him i say hi…derek

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