Ryan Neal, a trainee with the Notts County Media Team, saw his hard work and enthusiasm rewarded recently, when he was awarded with a certificate to mark the amount of voluntary work he has done at Meadow Lane.
He was invited to attend the Nottinghamshire FA Awards evening last Friday held at the Village Hotel in Chilwell Nottingham.
The evening was hosted by BBC’s presenter Andrew James and FA representatives, also in attendance was an Olympic torch bearer from the region.
Handing out the awards were Sophie Bradley, a Nottingham footballer who has been selected for the Olympic team GB women’s team, ex Nottingham Forest player, Sky Sports commentator and Nottingham Post columnist Gary Birtles and former Notts County defender Michael Johnson.
Ryan received an honours certificate to recognise his effort, achievement and dedication to the Media team and this was recognised by the community for his contribution to football through the FA football future leaders scheme, run in conjunction with Broxtowe Sport.
Ryan told us: “ I managed to complete 60 hours in my 1st year of volunteering but this year I stepped it up a gear to run alongside my A level courses.
“It was no coincidence as I passed the 100 hour mark, I always had it in my mind to try and reach the magic number of 150 to highlight this year for me too.
“I’m learning constantly and can’t wait to help out the team as they’ve helped me so much in the last two years.
“I’d like to personally thank Jamie Dixon, Ralph Shepherd and Dane Vincent for all their guidance and support, also Craig Lee of Nottinghamshire FA and Shaun Palmer from Broxtowe Sport.
“I can’t wait for the new season and here’s to many more hours in the future- You Pies!”