Trowell’s Ben earns volunteer award

A grassroots football volunteer from Trowell has been named winner of Nottingham CFA’s Volunteer of the Year category in the 2013 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

Ben Stocks, 17, has been part of Trowell FC for several years and currently coaches a number of teams each week at the club including the under 12s, under 14s and a disability team.

Alongside coaching, Ben has also begun working with Nottingham Forest as a volunteer as part of their football in community scheme as well as helping out with their school holiday football courses.

Ben has already achieved his FA level one coaching certificate and his determination and natural coaching ability has seen him achieve a two-year scholarship with Broxtowe Council to further his knowledge and experience in the field of coaching.

As winner of the county award, Ben has automatically been shortlisted for the regional awards and is now in with a chance of winning the award in the East Midlands. If selected, he will qualify for the national shortlist with the winners being announced at a ceremony at Wembley on August 11.

McDonald’s director of football, Sir Geoff Hurst, said: “Grassroots football is so strong in this country due to the superb volunteers who donate hours of their free time. If it wasn’t for them then the game simply wouldn’t exist.

“Ben is a true grassroots hero and deserves the recognition and I wish him the best of the luck in the regional awards.”

The FA Community Awards recognise and celebrate those coaches, volunteers, clubs and leagues across England who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.