On Wednesday 21 June, the Amateur FA hosted its 2023 Recognition Awards event at Seven Dials Club.
The event celebrated those that help deliver a football environment that is based on fun, fair-play and friendship for all abilities.
Hosted by Sky Sports Celina Hinchcliffe, we announced our England Football Grassroots Awards winners for this season, as well as making some special recognitions to members of the Amateur FA community.
The England Football Grassroots Award winners on the night were as follows:
Coach of the Year – Female Pathway: Varsha Bailey-Gunputh (Olympia Infinity FC)
Highly commended were Chloe Greenberg (Beyond the Ball FC) and Magdalena Rudzinska (Down Lane)
Coach of the Year – Male Pathway: Chedee Alexander (Wanderers)
Highly commended was Regan McSweeney (Chiswick Celtic FC)
Club of the Year: Estudiantes FC
Highly commended were AFC Muswell Hill and Old Meadonians
Grounds Team of the Year: Graham Godfrey (Old Paulines)
Highly commended were Mark Boundy (Bealonians FC) and Gary Harrowell (Norsemen)
League of the Year: Southern Amateur League
Highly commended were Amateur Football Combination and Super 5 League
Match Official of the Year: Kamil Mehmet
Highly commended were Michael Hayden and Elliott Mayer
New Volunteer of the Year: Chloe Greenberg (Beyond the Ball FC)
Highly commended were Joelle Gardiner (Wst Ldn Shields) and James Handley (Honourable Artillery Company)
Positive Football Environment Award: Kevin Lawler (Old Salesians)
Highly commended were Arthur Cornish (Southgate Olympic) and Kate Gerrand (Alexandra Park Women)
The Lioness Award: Super 5 League
Highly commended were Beyond the Ball FC and Wst Ldn Shields
Young Volunteer of the Year: Levin Dookhun (Estudiantes FC)
The following were recognised for their special achievements during the season:
Amateur FA Safe Award: Johnny Bakker
Club Centenary Award: Old Salesians and Reigatians
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award: Goal Diggers
Keith Busby Award: John Long (Old Parmiterians)
For distinguished service in club administration
Wilkinson Sword: Old Paulines
For exhibiting the ethos of the Amateur FA
Congratulations to all those who were recognised on the evening.
Finally, a huge thanks to all those that contributed to the success of the event, including Seven Dials Club, Celina Hinchcliffe, North East Trophies, Ace Graphics, FC Video and Aryan Afzali. In addition to all those who nominated their peers for an England Football Grassroots Award this season.
Photos from the evening, including the nominees and winners can be found HERE.