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VIP treatment for unsung heroes

3 December 2015

Two football-mad volunteers will be rewarded for their dedication to the game's grassroots at Saturday's match against Fulham.


It's sure to be a special day for Steve Tur and Ben Saxton, who will watch the fixture from an executive box after becoming the first winners of The Nottingham Building Society's Ten Unsung Football Heroes campaign. 

Not only will Steve and Ben experience some of The City Ground's finest hospitality, they will also win a football signed by the first team and an invitation to an end-of-season event.
Steve, 55, from Newark, has been actively involved at Winthorpe and Coddington Tigers FC for 13 years. His hard work has helped his team secure one league win and three cup wins. Steve also gives up plenty of his spare time writing entertaining match reports and taking his squad out on team-building days such as bowling and dirt buggying. He has even taken his players out to a Forest match so they could learn from the professionals.

He said: "When I heard I had won this award, I was shocked. I have loved every minute of being with the club and all I've ever done is my best. It's the youngsters who make it a worthwhile and rewarding role."
Ben, 19, from Heanor, spends a minimum of five hours a week coaching Shipley Park Rangers FC, despite working full-time as an IT apprentice. He coached his previous U15s team to three successive promotions and is now manager and head of coaching for the U11s team. An avid Nottingham Forest fan, Ben will take his family and Shipley Park Rangers manager Ben Murdoch to his VIP Forest experience.

Ben said: "To be nominated for doing something I love is amazing." 

If you know a volunteer who goes the extra mile for the beautiful game, don't forget to nominate them at thenottingham.com/unsung-football-heroes.

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