Grassroots awards open for nominations across UK

Wayne Jeremiah - FAW Coach of the Year 2012Nominations are open for the 2013 McDonald’s Community Awards, allowing people across the UK to pay tribute to football’s unsung heroes.

Grassroots football relies on the tireless efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who give up their time up every week for their local community.

Come rain or shine, they turn out for the good of the game and without any call for reward but once a year there is a chance to give credit where it is due.

The four home nation’s Football Associations are seeking nominations for their individual grassroots awards, each run in association with McDonald’s.

The awards aim to recognise and reward people across the country who make a difference to grassroots football in their local community – the people who dedicate their time to developing tomorrow’s young talent and help ensure safety and best practice in tens of thousands of clubs up and down the country.

People like Wayne Jeremiah (pictured above), who won the prestigious Coach of the Year at the 2012 Football Association of Wales Community Awards for his work as coach, manager and organiser at Mardy Tigers and PILCS FC.

The awards offer a chance to all those involved in grassroots football to shout about the person, or team of people, that have made a real difference to their experience whilst playing or just being involved in the beautiful game.

Winners are awarded at a local, county/regional and national level so, wherever you play your football, now is your chance to recognise your local grassroots football heroes by nominating them for a prestigious award.

You can make a nomination for your national awards via the links below. Deadline for nominations is 27 May 2013.

English FA Community Awards – click here to nominate

FA logo• Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award (The People’s Award)
• Young Volunteer of the Year Award
• Volunteer of the Year Award
• Coach of the Year Award
• Charter Standard Development Club Award
• Charter Standard Community Club Award
• Charter Standard Club of the Year Award
• Charter Standard League of the Year Award

Scottish FA Grassroots Awards – click here to nominate

SFA logo• Volunteer of the Year in Youth Football
• Volunteer of the Year in Schools Football
• Volunteer of the Year in Adult Football
• Volunteer of the Year in Disability Football
• Volunteer of the Year in Girls’/Women’s Football
• Best Coach of The Year
• Best Professional Club in the Community
• Best Community Football Club

Welsh Community Football Awards – nominate here: English / Welsh

FAW logo• Club of the Year
• School of the Year
• Community Coach of the Year
• Performance Development Coach of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year (People’s Choice)
• Young volunteer of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Grassroots Impact Award
• Player of the Year (boy)
• Player of the Year (girl)

Irish FA Community Awards – click here to nominate

Irish FA logo• Outstanding Contribution
• Volunteer of the Year
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• Accredited Club of the Year
• Female Coach of the Year
• Disability Football Coach of the Year
• Community Relations Award
• The People’s Award

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1 Comment

  1. Duncan on February 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    We have nominated Billy Horner for volunteer of the Year. 30 years ago he set up Royston Dynamos JFC and is still looking after club affairs as well as managing teams today.
    Here is his nomination script:
    Mr Billy Horner
    67 years young Billy, has lived in Royston all his life. He has always had a love for football even though his Church school did not play games against other schools. Billy passed his 11 plus even though his headmaster did not think he was capable of doing so. He then managed to get into Normanton Grammar School and it was here where his love for the game developed.
    After leaving school Billy worked until retirement age starting off at West Riding County Council, then went to College, got a degree and then went to work for British Gas in Sheffield.
    Whilst working full time he still played football. He passed a refereeing course in 1979 and refereed the old Barnsley League for 3 years on Saturdays and Sundays, finishing refereeing on a Saturday to watch his lifelong love, Barnsley FC. He still refereed on a Sunday until 1983.
    It was while he was on a night out that the subject of Junior Football came up and Royston Dynamo’s JFC was born.
    The dynamo’s started with an under 13s team, the following year two teams, 11s and 14s, with Billy coaching and refereeing most of them. The club grew and it wasn’t long before there were teams from 8 – 16s, playing football on 5 different pitches in the village.
    In 2005 with Billy forefront, the club gained a grant from the Football Foundation to have a Community Pavilion built in Royston Park, ensuring that all the Royston teams played all in one place, and also gave the club good facilities and enabled the club to send coaches for better qualifications, thus eventually achieving Charter Standard status for the club.
    This year will be Billy’s 30th year as head of Royston Dynamo’s JFC. Billy has never had children, but the kids that have come through the club have been like his own, which would be at least 1000, and he can name probably all of them.
    The club has had four or five players move on to play professional football; one of the highlights for Billy was when David Watson progressed to England goalkeeping coach, but he has seen Paul Heckingbottom play for the mighty Reds.
    Billy is still running the club, he white lines the pitches, attends training sessions with two age groups and still watches as many matches as he can. He attends every league meeting as well as our own monthly meetings.
    All the managers, volunteers and parents are of the same opinion that Billy deserves this nomination. He is an outstanding pillar of the community, and has been putting this football club first since the day it started in 1983, never taking a holiday in 30 years. We feel that Billy’s voluntary work for 30 years is deserving of some recognition. Billy has always ensured that Royston Dynamos has stayed an inclusive community club, winning at all costs is not what Billy is about. His passion is in seeing children of all abilities enjoying the game and having fun. There are too many times to mention where talented players have gone to more competitive clubs, only to come back to RDJFC saying they wanted to enjoy the game.
    He is also very well thought of by past and present members of the local council.

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