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Nominate your club's unsung-hero

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Every football club, league or association is being encouraged to nominate an outstanding volunteer who has made a significant contribution to WA football, for the West Australian Football Commission’s Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year award.

Each year the West Australian Football Commission, in partnership with The Sunday Times, recognises volunteers and administrators for their outstanding work, whether it may be the completion of a significant project throughout the year or someone who has contributed in a number of roles over a long period. 

A Volunteer of the Year award winner is selected from each state and territory and receives two tickets to the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final (with flights and accommodation) and the opportunity to walk in the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, thanks to the AFL.Selection criteria

  • Must have given notable voluntary service to Australian Football
  • Must be a willing, voluntary contributor, having received no income from football (NB honoraria excepted)
  • Must be an ambassador for the game of football who acts and works for the best interest of the game

West Perth district volunteer Dave Burton was recognised for his significant contribution to the development of women’s and junior football last year after he was awarded The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year at the WAFL Sandover Medal Night.

Previously Chair of the West Perth District Football Development Council (DFDC) for five years, Burton has been instrumental in the development of school football programs, a parent-umpire program, International Round and more recently the Joondalup Women’s Football Club, after he transitioned into the role of Female Football Advisor for the West Perth DFDC in 2013.

Mr Burton was one of the 17 regional and district finalists chosen from 1,500 nominees.

Click here to nominate an outstanding volunteer. Nominations close July 28.

 

Some special ways to thank a volunteer include:

  • Nominate them for the Football Volunteer of the Year
  • Weekly, Monthly and Annual Awards (At a District, Club or Team Level)
  • Articles on individual volunteers in newsletters
  • Articles in local newspapers
  • ID Badges, cards, hats and shirts for volunteers
  • Ask them to train other volunteers
  • Award life memberships to exceptional volunteers
  • Ask your team to write thank you notes to your volunteers
  • Hold special volunteer events
  • Name awards after key volunteers in your club
  • Ensure volunteers are reimbursed for their out of pocket expenses
  • Provide volunteers with recognition certificates for their services
  • Acknowledge volunteers at club meetings
  • Offer letters of reference for volunteers
  • Where possible, reduce membership fees for to the families of volunteers
  • Offer and pay for training and accreditation courses for volunteers
  • Thank you letters from the club committee to volunteers