Grassroots football awards

FA Grassroots Football Awards

 

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. It’s our way to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England – and say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us all.

Learn more about the Amateur FA 2020 winners below.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now open. Nominations close on 4th May. Click HERE for more information.


Adult Grassroots Coach of the Year - Graham Shepherd, Bealonians FC

Coach of the year award 2020 

How proud were you to be the recipient of an Amateur FA Grassroots Football Award in 2020?

I was really proud to receive the coach of the year award for 2020. 

How did it make you feel knowing that someone had gone to the effort of nominating you for the award?

It was a great feeling knowing that some one from my club had gone to the effort of nominating me.  

What would you say to those who think they know someone who is deserving of recognition this season?

I would like to urge anyone who is part of a club to nominate someone who they think is deserving of recognition as we know people do not give their time and effort for reward but it is a great feeling to know you are appreciated.

Clubs of the Year - Wanderers FC


Listen to what Mark Wilson, Club Secretary for Wanderers FC had to say about receiving the award.



Volunteer of the Year & Project of the Year - Shahid Malji, Super 5 League


Project of the year 2020

How proud were you to be the recipient of an Amateur FA Grassroots Football Award in 2020?

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved in the short space of time, a simple conversation and being in the right place, at the right time,  has given a number of women the opportunity to play football on a weekly basis, we are super proud of our volunteer’s who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the success we have achieved will continue over the coming years as we plan to grow and create more opportunities throughout London and beyond. This win, is a win for all our Super5league participants and women throughout London fighting for a change in ensuring women’s football is taken seriously and more is done by others including the governing bodies to create platforms for them to participate.

How did it make you feel knowing that someone had gone to the effort of nominating you for the award?

We appreciate every single nomination for this award and it just goes to show the hard work has not gone unnoticed by our players, teams, fans and those supporting us through this amazing journey we have embarked on, we would like to thank everyone who nominated us and also give a shout out to the other community organisations who were nominated who also work tirelessly to create opportunities for others, we are all winners.

What would you say to those who think they know someone who is deserving of recognition this season?

Show them your appreciation by nominating them so they feel appreciated for the work they do, sometimes its easy to forget what goes on behind the scenes to deliver, show them some love and get nominating once the opportunity arises.

Rising Star of the Year - Alex Pieri, Referee


Rising star of the year award 2020

Listen to what Alex had to say about receiving the Rising Star of the Year award.

How proud were you to be the recipient of an Amateur FA Grassroots Football Award in 2020?

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How did it make you feel knowing that someone had gone to the effort of nominating you for the award?

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What would you say to those who think they know someone who is deserving of recognition this season?

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