Ridgeway Rovers will look to complete a remarkable quadruple off the field after club secretary Ian Moody was nominated for his fourth award for his volunteer work this season.
Moody has already won the Waltham Forest Council ‘Love your Borough’ volunteer of the year honour in the sporting inspiration category before winning the Essex FA’s volunteer of the year award.
That success saw Moody nominated for the Eastern Region Volunteer of the Year award – which he subsequently won – and therefore earn a place on the national shortlist.
Club chairman Ian Marshall, who nominated Moody for the initial award, said: “Every club needs an Ian Moody. He’s a bit like Marmite; you either love him or hate him.
“His wife [Tracy] is treasurer and his daughter [Louise] is child welfare officer. We should be Moody United,” he joked.
Whilst Moody’s official title is club secretary, the Tube train driver commits almost as many hours to his voluntary position as his full-time job.
“He commits everything, he probably does 20 hours a week,” said Marshall. “He is total commitment. He does his normal job then comes in and does his second job.
“He gets all the administration work done and runs the club, he gets the players registered, signs them all off and gets them registered with the FA. He organises pitches, referees, you name it.”
The ‘Love your Borough’ award kick-started Moody’s spate of gongs back in April – a year after he lost out after being shortlisted for the prize.
Reflecting on his success, Moody said: “There were so many amazing people there; fireman and ambulance crews, doing things they shouldn’t be doing.
“They’ve done more amazing things than me but to be amongst those people, I was very, very proud. Playing football is nothing compared to what they’ve done.”
Moody’s fate in the national award will be determined later this month when the judging panel get together to assess the nominees.
He has also been responsible for providing the opportunities for the next generation of Ridgeway players, having started a rapidly-growing soccer school.
Moody explained: “I’ve recently helped organise a soccer school, which we’ve built from 13 to 60 kids which we’re now using to make three extra teams at the bottom of the club.
“We’re also forming a link with Whitefield School, which is a disabled school. We’re looking to get as many children as possible playing football.”