Shining The Spotlight: Phil Hudson

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With the #KentFAAwards coming up, the Kent FA is shining the spotlight on this year’s winners who have gone above and beyond to support the game in Kent.

The inaugural winner of this season’s Kent FA Media Award, Phil Hudson, expressed his delight at receiving the award courtesy of his hard work and dedication to APM Contrast FC.

In his nomination, it was said: “Phil joined APM Contrast FC at the start of the 2012/13 season. I asked Phil if he would like to help with things at the club which I thought would just be helping me out with coaching and other things – but little did I know what would happen next!”

“The chairman mentioned starting a programme to Phil to start with and this moved our club to another level. Phil started a match day programme and then a club website. He then started taking match day photos which are truly amazing. Next thing I know he sets up a Facebook page, doing interviews on a weekly basis, got the club on Twitter and even created two videos for the First and Reserve teams.”

Thanks to Phil, the club has grown from strength to strength. Everyone in Kent – and even further afield – knows who APM are. Phil is even credited with helping attract new players as through his work with the club’s media players are attracted to the club’s professionalism and commitment.

The club gets an average of 5,600 views on Facebook a week and thanks to Phil, APM Contrast FC has been rejuvenated.

Phil revealed his complete surprise upon the news he would be invited for an evening celebrating grassroots football at Priestfield Stadium on Thursday 23rd October: “I have to say it was a massive surprise and something I wasn't expecting.”

“It feels great to know the long hours and dedication you put in gets recognised. I'm passionate about the work I do and I hope people enjoy reading the articles, looking at the pictures and the whole social media movement that the club is embarking on.”

The #KentFAAwards evening celebrates individuals, leagues and clubs and their contribution to improving football in Kent overall. Asked how he felt he contributed to the bigger picture of football in the county, Phil replied:

“From my point of view I want to bring the whole community together to enjoy grass roots football. With the introduction of Facebook and Twitter, it’s an easy way to get the local area and Kent knowing what's going on with the club. I believe we have gained players with how professional the club is run and it gives them recognition for all their efforts on the pitch.”

Looking ahead to the awards ceremony, Phil is excited to collect his award at Gillingham FC, “It's such a nice feeling knowing I will be receiving my award at such a great venue and a football ground that has a great history.”

Phil added, “I would like to thank Kris Browning for nominating me for the award. It really means a lot that he took time out to put my name forward. Sometimes you do get down with all the hours we all put in but when you find out people appreciate what you do it makes it all worthwhile.”

To find the full list of winners for this year’s #KentFAAwards please click here.