August 29, 2014
Vanarama, sponsors of the Football Conference…………..are bringing innovations into play in recognition of performances and commitments both on the field and off it during the coming season, through a number of awards to be made at various times.
There will be four named categories of awards and these are outlined with given criteria.
VANARAMA ‘MANAGER OF THE MONTH’
As in previous seasons a recipient will be selected and an announcement made at the end of every calendar month of the chosen manager from each of the three Vanarama divisions. The award will no longer be based solely on a points system of team performance of wins.
The criterion change will enable any manager to be considered, allowing a more pragmatic approach to allow recognition of true worthiness and not just solely aligned to team performance of winning more matches than any other club.
VANARAMA ‘PLAYER OF THE MONTH’
In a similar approach of selection in this category, the new system wishes to move away from the recipient being a player who invariably scores most goals in a month. To aid this decision making, prior to final selection of a player every month from each division, an initial nomination list will be submitted of three players in each division, by a group of journalists who follow Vanarama Conference football week in, week out. The final decision will again be vested in the awards panel.
VANARAMA ‘PIC OF THE MONTH’
A new award for the best action photograph taken on a selected competition match day every month has been trialled, with the first winner for August being Matt Bradshaw of cornerflagimages.com, who is the Club Photographer of Chelmsford City.
This new award caters for an important area of match contribution which previously has gone unrecognised. A strict entry criterion is in place, though the award is open to anyone who is a licensed photographer, registered with the Football Conference.
VANARAMA ‘CLUB AMBASSADOR’
In recognition of the sterling work carried out by clubs in their community and in particular the support of club projects funded in conjunction with the Football Conference Community Trust, nominations each quarter will be made to a selection panel from the Trust, to decide the recipient of this new award.
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