We’ve been partnering with The National League to administer their new Club Volunteer of the Month Award this season and there have already been winners at Tamworth, Macclesfield Town, Salford City, Eastleigh, Hampton & Richmond Borough and East Thurrock United.

Winners of the overall Vanarama Volunteer of the Year for each division will be announced at The National League AGM at Celtic Manor in June.

Brian Barwick, Chairman of The National League, said: “The launch of the Vanarama Volunteer of the Month awards is a great way of showing appreciation of the valuable work many achieve through sheer commitment and loyalty to their clubs.

“It is right we should recognise the contribution of their professionalism and dedication despite many obstacles they often encounter. Long may they continue to give unstinting service and personally reflect in how they help the game in general.”

Steve Mark, Brand Director at Vanarama, said: “Vanarama are delighted to be working with The National league to reward some of the unsung heroes of Non-League Football and recognise their efforts. The volunteers up and down the country make it possible for the thousands of fans over the country to enjoy their football, giving up their time for their local community. Vanarama salutes you!”

Darren Young from The Fan Experience Company said: “As a company that has assessed the match day experience at more than 2,500 games at every level for leagues and clubs across Europe, we know from personal experience how crucial volunteers are to the club, its supporters and the local community.

“It’s fantastic that The National League is recognising the vital contribution volunteers make in these areas and we’re delighted to be supporting this initiative.”

“We congratulate everyone who has been nominated. The calibre of nominees has been simply phenomenal”.

East Thurrock’s winners, Mick & Margaret Stephens (pictured), received their award on the pitch on Saturday 14 April from Club Chairman, Brian Mansbridge.