Nominations wanted to recognise footy volunteers

Volunteers like Mark Clayton of the Quinns District Junior Football Club are encouraged to nominate for the 2019 AFL National Volunteer of the Year awards.
Volunteers like Mark Clayton of the Quinns District Junior Football Club are encouraged to nominate for the 2019 AFL National Volunteer of the Year awards.

WHILE the AFL is calling for nominations for its National Volunteer of the Year awards, Mark Clayton has been recognised for his commitment to the local community.

Mr Clayton not only coaches his son’s football team but also volunteers to run Starkick for kids with disabilities at the Quinns District Junior Football Club on Saturday mornings.

“He is a great example of someone who genuinely cares for the game of footy and that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy our game,” the recognition read.

“Mark also gives up time to promote club sponsors (to keep the club running) and helps other coaches train on Tuesday nights when needed.”

Quinns District Junior Football Club coach Mark Clayton in action.

Auskick centres, schools, community clubs and leagues from across the country are encouraged to nominate an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to their community.

Categories include community football volunteer, Auskick volunteer, diversity ambassador and primary and secondary school ambassadors, as well as three new categories for disability inclusion volunteer and junior and senior coaches.

The state and territory winners will be flown to Melbourne in May where a national winner will be announced in each category.

The national winners will get two tickets to the 2020 AFL Grand Final, Grand Final Day functions and the opportunity to walk in the parade.

WA nominations close August 26 at aflcommunity.com.au.

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