Frank retired from his role as Football in the Community Officer at the age of 63 but continues to remain a vital part of the Community and Education Trust at Southend United, while he gives up numerous hours of his time to support the Trust's work across areas such as sports participation, social inclusion, health and education.
Frank started at Southend United in 1958 as a 13-year-old and still remains an integral part of United's community operations to this day. He signed as a player for the Shrimpers when he was 17 and has fulfilled the roles of youth team coach, first-team coach, assistant manager and manager at Southend, before becoming the club’s first Football in the Community Officer.
And the overall winner is… Frank Banks of Southend United.
Three individuals have been shortlisted for this award. Barnsley assistant kitman Norman Rimmington, Brighton and Hove Albion club lottery volunteer Fred Woolven, and Southend United community trust volunteer Frank Banks. Two of these club stalwarts will be highly commended, with one winning the Tokio Marine Unsung Hero award.
The first award of the night is the Tokio Marine Unsung Hero, which recognises loyal and dedicated service behind the scenes at clubs in the Football League. Judges were looking for a member of club staff who has made a significant contribution to the running of their club.
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