Tonights the night for 2 Bedworth Stalwarts

Terry Steptoe tonights finds out if he is grassroots footballs volunteer of the year.

One of our stalwart volunteers Terry Steptoe has been recognised by the FA and has been shortlisted for an FA Grassroots Football Award in the category of Volunteer of the Year.  The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. They recognise those individuals and groups who put their heart and soul into the game. It’s our chance to celebrate fantastic work – and say thank you for inspiring us all to aim for greatness.
There has been thousands of people across the UK nominated for this award and for Terry to be shortlisted into the top 5 is a massive achievement.  For those of you who don’t know Terry and the work he does for Bedworth United here is a brief description of just a few of the things Terry does.  Daily rain or shine you will see Terry at the OVAL emptying the bins, tidying up after your training sessions and matches, all of those plastic water bottles you leave on the pitch Terry picks up.  Every First Team/Under 21 and Ladies matchday you will see Terry on the gate looking after spectators and players alike. He is a massive supporter of the ladies and I am sure I can speak on there behalf and say that without Terry running the ladies team would be a lot more difficult.  Terry has one particular skill that is priceless to a club of our size, On first team matchdays a lot of balls go missing in the trees, as you can appreciate losing balls costs the club money, a few people look but can never find them but Terry has this uncanny knack of finding balls that no one else can, he has been likened to a truffle pig for footballs. That is just a small snippet of the things that Terry’s does to support Bedworth United
Terry does all of the little things that unless you look you don’t notice but without Terry at times the club would struggle to run.  He follows as many of the Bedworth teams as he can and is regularly seen watching the youth and the juniors as well as the first team and ladies.
Terry is green through and through.
Just to explain to you how much Terry thinks about the club and cares I want to tell you a small story.  Late last year Terry had a health scare that would have put most people out of action for at least a couple of weeks but not Terry from his hospital bed on the day his health scare started he rang me to remind me to put the bins out as they were full.  He was let out of hospital on told to rest for a couple of weeks not Terry he was discharged on the Saturday the ladies had a home team game on the Sunday I went to sort out the changing rooms for them but who do I see in the changing rooms already sorting them and sweeping them out against doctors orders but Terry.  The saying you cant keep a good man down definitely applies to this man.
I caught up with Tina Richards yesterday and asked her to put a few words together for me as well about Terry as he is a great supporter and ambassador for the ladies game below is what she wrote.
Terry Steptoe is a long standing supporter/volunteer of the ladies section and the football club as a whole.  Over the years, he’s clocked up thousands of miles in all weathers to go and show his support at games.  He gives up an enormous amount of his time to make sure everything runs smoothly and everything is in order at the club on match days from emptying the bins, to cleaning the changing rooms, to ensuring both teams and match officials have refreshments, to helping out with the transporting of players to games and training to name but a few.   He goes above and beyond not only for the ladies section but the football club as a whole.  He is a wonderful, kind and generous man and the football club and ladies section (which he does have a soft spot for) are truly grateful for everything that he does.   He is a truly a worthy nominee for this award.
 
There are  numerous stories that everyone associated with the club could tell you about Terry but there just isn’t enough space here.  Please if you spot him around the club give him a pat on the back and show that you appreciate the efforts he puts in for all of us from the youngest player in the tots to the oldest in the walking football. Without Terry the OVAL would not be as nice a place to play or watch football.
Martin Jones has been nominated for a Grassroots Coaches Award 
Martin has been coaching the current under 14s since they were tots and has done a great job leading them to league success last year without losing a game.
Martin was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last year but through the Chemotherapy, RadioTherapy and a 10 hour operation he has still managed to keep coaching and watching his lads play the game we all love.
Martin is a larger than life character around the club and is affectionately known to all as fat head, he has worked hard to ensure that through all of what was happening in his personal life not once did it effect the team.
The awards evening is tonight at Wolverhampton Wanderers Moulineux ground. So please everyone keep your fingers crossed that Terry and Martin  can now go on and win their awards outright.
To keep up to date on how they both do please follow our official twitter page @Bedworth_United where we will be keeping you updated as the awards happen
If you would like to volunteer or can spare a few hours here and there please contact the Stadium Manager