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Stony Stratford's Michael Judd nets top award at Wembley

Michael Judd
Image caption Mr Judd will receive his award at Wembley Stadium on Sunday

A football volunteer from Buckinghamshire has won a prestigious FA community award.

Michael Judd, from Stony Stratford, will receive the Volunteer of the Year award at a ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The accolade recognises Mr Judd's 25-years of voluntary service at Stony Stratford Town Football Club.

"I'm just giving something back to the club that gave to me when my own sons were involved in the club," he said.

Currently club secretary, Mr Judd can be found at the club from early morning until late afternoon every day of the week, including match days.

'Show his dedication'

Responsible for all pitch maintenance, cutting six acres of grass, marking out four pitches and ensuring all goalposts, stands and dugouts are maintained, Mr Judd believes it is important for people to find time to help their community.

"If you don't have volunteers that are prepared to give up their time, then you don't really have a club," he said.

Mr Judd will collect his award at the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Manchester United as a guest of The FA and McDonald's.

McDonald's director of football Sir Geoff Hurst, part of the judging panel, said: "Michael embodies the spirit of a volunteer.

"In spite of personal challenges, he has continued to show his dedication to Stony Stratford Town to the benefit of, literally, hundreds of young people."

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