Cromer stalwart nominated for award – and now he needs your help

David Wiltshire

David Wiltshire - Credit: The FA via Getty Images

Grassroots football volunteer David Wiltshire, is now in the running to win the FA and McDonald's People's Award after winning the regional FA and McDonald's Community Award Outstanding Contribution to Community Football category in Norfolk – and now David needs your help to win the highly coveted national accolade.

The People's Award, now in its fourth year, gives the public a say in which grassroots football hero deserves to be crowned the national winner.

Having already been recognised for his dedication to Cromer Youth Football Club, David will join eight other regional winners from across England who have been shortlisted for the 2015 award.

Voting for The People's Award is now open at and closes on Friday, July 24. If David accumulates the most votes he will be announced as the winner at the 2015 Community Awards ceremony at Wembley on Sunday, August 2.

David is the club official for Cromer Youth Football Club as part of the Norfolk FA. With over 25 years' experience, David is nominated for his dedication and hard work for the club even after retirement.

Over the years David hasn't missed a Saturday morning session. He bought all the training equipment himself and forever consults his trusty Bobby Charlton guidebooks.

The fact he gives up so much of his spare time to the local community and club is testament to Dave's hard work and dedication. He very recently took early retirement but continues to be involved.

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McDonald's Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst said: 'Volunteers like David are the lifeblood of local football. The progression and development of the grassroots game owes a huge amount to the ongoing commitment and efforts of people like David.

'I'd like to urge everybody from Norfolk to recognise the outstanding work that David does for the local community by taking just a few minutes to cast a vote.

'The FA and McDonald's Community Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work of grassroots volunteers across England and is a perfect way for local communities to say thank you to David for all of his endeavours.'

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