Tintwistle Athletic take two at Derbyshire awards evening
Tuesday 2nd August 2016 @ 11:38 by Adam Higgins
Football News Sports

Tintwistle Athletic FC has received more recognition after two of their team scooped awards at this year’s Derbyshire County FA Awards Evening.

Club secretary Jill Crossland won the DCFA Administrator of the Year and coach Liam Amos claimed the FA Young Volunteer of the Year at the ceremony at Derby County’s iPro Stadium last week.

Jill organises various age groups throughout the club from Under 7s to open age, co-ordinating training and matches as well as arranging summer tournaments.

She was surprised and delighted in equal measure to be one of 25 award winners on the night.

“I am very proud to win this award. It’s a whole team at Tintwistle Athletic and we all deserve it really,” said Jill, who is also chairing the new High Peak Junior Football League which launches next month.

“I had no idea I would win; it was a complete surprise but very nice.

“The big plans for the new season are transforming the changing rooms and working on the other pitch that we’ve got. Thank you to everybody at Derbyshire County FA for their support.”

Jill Crossland (Tintwistle Athletic)

Stalwart: Jill – who also serves on Tintwistle’s Parish Council – has been volunteering in amateur football for more than 20 years

Tintwistle Athletic chairman Paul Amos, who nominated Jill, added: “She started at the club 12 or 13 years ago with one junior football team and, in that time, with her hard work and those she’s relied on over the years, she’s grown the club to what it is today.

“The speed with which the club has been spectacular and I can’t speak too highly of Jill and what she’s done for the team. She’s a credit to herself and I’m pleased she’s been given this award to recognise what a fantastic job she has done.”

Meanwhile, Liam was nominated by Jill for his tireless work for the club – at the age of 22.

Jill explained: “I nominated Liam because he does so much and he’s a massive role model for the club. He’s got an FA Level 2 so he’s one of our most qualified coaches; he’s taken part in the club’s mentoring scheme and worked really hard with the mini-soccer.

“He’ll do any role whatsoever and I know I can always rely on him.”

The event is held every year as a chance for the County FA to reward grassroots volunteers in football for their dedication throughout the year.