Vote for Ted! Hatfield Town president up for a prestigous FA award in a public vote

PUBLISHED: 13:39 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 17 July 2017

Ted Collie, chairman of Herts Senior County League and president of Hatfield Town, will represent the Greater London region in The FA Community Awards, People's Award. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD/FA/GETTY IMAGES

Ted Collie, chairman of Herts Senior County League and president of Hatfield Town, will represent the Greater London region in The FA Community Awards, People's Award. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD/FA/GETTY IMAGES

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The president of Hatfield Town Football Club has been nominated for a prestigious FA People's Award.

Ted Collie, chairman of Herts Senior County League and president of Hatfield Town, will represent the Greater London region in The FA Community Awards, People's Award. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD/FA/GETTY IMAGESTed Collie, chairman of Herts Senior County League and president of Hatfield Town, will represent the Greater London region in The FA Community Awards, People's Award. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD/FA/GETTY IMAGES

Ted Collie was chosen from thousands of nominations to represent the Greater London region in the award.

He will be up against five other volunteers from across England.

The prize, which is also known as the outstanding contribution award in county and regional rounds, celebrates exceptional volunteering efforts in football.

It also carries the added status of being the only FA Award category open for a public vote.

Collie was nominated for the award having served football, through a range of voluntary roles, unselfishly and enthusiastically for over 50 years.

As well as being president of Hatfield he is also the chairman of the Herts Senior County League (HSCL).

His dedication to provide opportunities for people to play the game he loves has meant that he’s been on the forefront of innovation in the game for a number of years.

Collie was instrumental in helping to develop Inclusive (pan-disability) divisions within the HCSL, something which has gone from strength to strength and is now in its fourth full season.

In addition, he has also been at the sharp end of addressing adult participation in 11v11 football.

From studying FA resources and toolkits, to chairing a ‘Leagues Steering Group’ with volunteers from other adult leagues in the County, Ted’s commitment to tackling the problem has been impressive.

Over the past six years Collie has helped to develop the Herts AID Cup with local charity Herts Aid.

Now in its sixth year, the Herts AID Cup is an 11v11 men’s football tournament, which caters for teams from BME communities in Hertfordshire.

The focus of the day is on exercise, health and wellbeing with resources available on sexual health awareness, diabetes, and smoking cessation.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire FA said: “We’re encouraging the entire football community in Hertfordshire to get behind Ted’s nomination and it’s so easy to vote.

“All you have to do is visit www.thefa.com/peoplesaward2017 and vote using your FAN, Facebook or Twitter login details.”

Voting closes on July 30.

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