Much-loved football volunteer nominated for prestigious FA award

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 17 July 2017

Ted Collie. (Photo by Harry Hubbard - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Ted Collie. (Photo by Harry Hubbard - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

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A much-loved grassroots football volunteer has been nominated for a prestigious FA award.

Edward Collie – known by all as Ted – has been shortlisted for the renowned FA People’s Award.

Modest Ted was chosen from thousands of nominations for the special honour, which celebrates exceptional volunteering efforts in football.

Ted has served football through a range of voluntary roles unselfishly and enthusiastically for over 50 years.

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.

In the past few years, Ted has also helped to take over the running of the historic Greg Football Cup competition.

Founded in 1910, the competition is for teams in North Herts – with the final taking place at Top Field, home of Hitchin Town FC.

He said: “I’m humbled by my nomination. After reading the nomination profiles of the other amazing volunteers across England up for the award, I can see we’re all in it for the same reason – to give people of all ages and abilities the chance enjoy football.

“Herts FA have also been busy promoting inclusive football opportunities for disabled footballers.

“I think it’s important we use football as a vehicle to integrate those from black and ethnic minority communities into society as I strongly believe there is no better vehicle than sport in bringing people together.”

Ted is also the chairman of the Herts Senior County League and also president of Hatfield Town FC.

Ted was instrumental in helping to develop the pan-disability Inclusive League, whose divisions that have gone from strength to strength and are now in their fourth full season.

Ted has also been at the sharp end of addressing adult participation in the game.

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.

Ted’s drive to provide football for all doesn’t stop there, though.

Over the past six years Ted has helped to develop the Herts Aid Cup with charity Herts Aid.

Now in its sixth year, the Herts Aid Cup is an 11-a-side men’s football tournament catering for teams from BME communities in Herts.

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

You have until Sunday, July 30, to cast your vote. All you have to do is visit thefa.com/peoplesaward2017.

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