Phil’s in the running for a national award

RIPLEY, DERBYSHIRE - JUNE 07:  A nominee for The FA Community Awards People's Choice 2013 Phil Moss poses for photograph at Codnor Sports Centre on June 7, 2013 in Ripley, Derbyshire.  (Photo by Tony Marshall - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
RIPLEY, DERBYSHIRE - JUNE 07: A nominee for The FA Community Awards People's Choice 2013 Phil Moss poses for photograph at Codnor Sports Centre on June 7, 2013 in Ripley, Derbyshire. (Photo by Tony Marshall - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Grassroots volunteer Phil Moss, from Ripley, is in with a chance to win a national award - the prestigious People’s Award in the 2013 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

This follows on from his success as regional winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football award.

The eight regional winners from across England in the Outstanding Contribution category will be entered into The People’s Award, that gives the public the chance to vote and decide who they believe should be crowned the national winner.

The successful nominee will then be announced at a ceremony at Wembley on August 11 ahead of the FA Community Shield. Phil is counting on the support of people from the area to win The People’s Award, with voting now open.

After his four-year-old son Thomas first joined Codnor Boys FC 13 years ago, Phil became determined to join the club himself. While at training sessions and matches, Phil was always keen to find out more about the club, how they worked and how to help.

Phil started to volunteer with the under sixes by setting up pitches and training equipment and helping to organise the players.

His involvement grew further and he was soon invited to join Codnor Boys FC’s club committee. With Phil’s encouragement, the team grew into an 11-a-side under-18s team, with Phil now acting as the squad’s assistant manager.

Phil’s work on the club committee included ensuring the club met the criteria to achieve FA Charter Standard Status, which they gained in 2005. Phil was elected club chairman soon afterwards.

Voting is open for the next three weeks at www.thefa.com/yourgame and follow @2013Grassroots

McDonald’s director of football, Sir Geoff Hurst said: “The FA Community Football Awards, presented by McDonald’s, were set up to recognise and celebrate the work of the thousands of grassroots volunteers who give up their time to support grassroots football.

“Without the energy, enthusiasm and continued dedication of these unsung heroes, grassroots football in so many communities would not be possible. It’s clear that these special individuals are an asset to their community and I hope the people of Derbyshire all show their support and vote for Phil.”