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Award nomination for Kieran

Tue 18th October 2016 | St Helens Town
By Ian Templeman

St Helens Town Media Officer Kieran Ford has been chosen as St. Helens Council's nominee in the Young Volunteer of the Year category in the 2016 Merseyside Sports Awards.

As the borough's nomination, Kieran's achievements and work with St Helens Town in the last year will be celebrated alongside his fellow nominees across Merseyside inclduing Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley and Sefton.  

He has been invited, with a chaperone, to the Merseyside Sports Awards Dinner to be held at Aintree Race Course on the evening of Friday 18th November 2016.

Kieran who is 17 years of age, has been an active supporter of St. Helens Town since 2008 and has been a willing helper behind the scenes in the last few years, assisting with various match-day duties, such as delivering and collecting the kit, selling programmes and standing in when others haven’t been available.

He attends Rainford High School and has just embarked upon his second year’s studies in the Sixth Form.  He is hoping to pursue a career in Sports Journalism and, to further his ambitions, began writing match reports for the St. Helens Town match programme and website in January 2016, taking over from his granddad, Vice-Chairman Glyn Jones and Club Chairman, John McKiernan.

At the beginning of this season, he was elected to St. Helens Town’s Management Committee and has taken on further duties, writing reports for the Weekend Echo and assisting with the match-day secretary’s duties, at the same time, writing a series of articles for the club’s match-day programme.

As regular visitors to the league website will be aware, he has also been contributing manager interviews and previews since the start of the season.  

St Helen's Town Chairman John McKiernan said:  "We're delighted with Kieran's nomination success and it's great to see someone recognised for their efforts.  

"He has made the transition from being a regular supporter to a young lad who has really got involved in a breadth of activities, both on matchday and beyond.

"The Council requested nominations across a number of categories including the Young Volunteer of the Year and we had no hesitation in putting him forward.  We wish him well and long may his support of the club continue".

Kieran admits that the news of his nomination came right out of the blue.

"I found out late last Wednesday night and I couldn't believe it, to be honest, it still feels surreal", he said.

"It's crazy to think that this time last year I had no idea what I wanted to be when I was older.

"But due to the opportunities given to me by both St Helens Town and the North West Counties League, I have been allowed to learn so much in the past year that will help me a lot in later life.

"To be nominated for a regional award at such an early stage in my career is unbelievable, and has given me motivation to aim high".