Stones TV has won a Kent FA Workforce Award.
The awards are the association’s thank you to the many volunteers who keep football going every week throughout the county.
The club’s online TV channel, which includes interviews and match highlights, won the Kent Football Media Contributor of the Year.
Judges selected Stones TV and its producer John Gooch for demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication to promoting, developing and innovating football media.
Stones chief executive Bill Williams said: “When I first met John I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to be dealing with. However, over the years I’ve grown to appreciate him as a very talented designer, filmmaker and video presenter for our club. Without wishing to sound too over the top, he has become a vital cog in this huge Maidstone United operation.”
John added: “I am extremely humbled to win this award and proud of the achievements of Stones TV, the service has grown from an over enthusiastic supporter recording clips on his digital camera to one of the biggest media channels in non-league football.
“Without wanting to get all ‘Oscar speech’, many people have helped Stones TV grow over the years, but in particular I’d like to single out George Bunn for his massive help and support last season. I’d also like to thank Jay for the access he grants us with the first team, and his openness and trust with us in interviews that allows us to be a little more probing than most.
“Finally, the support of our title sponsors Stream Bathrooms deserves a mention – without them we just wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”
Stones TV launched in 2006 and has produced more than 600 programmes covering the first team, ladies team, academy and much more. John has set the standard for non-league video production and his work has been inspirational to many throughout the semi-professional game.