Grassroots football awards 2019

The FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football awards are back!

Our County FA will be celebrating those people, clubs and leagues who make a positive difference across our communities. This is our chance to celebrate work that goes into the grassroots game – and say a big thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us to make the football better For All.

Nominate your Grassroots hero now!

Nominations are open from 5 April until 10 May 2019. Anyone can make a nomination. Individuals should be nominated by someone else (not themselves), while anyone can nominate their own club and/or league.

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The awards are split into 10 categories

  • Grassroots Coach of the Year
  • Grassroots Supporter of the Year
  • Grounds Team of the Year
  • Grassroots Club of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • We Only Do Positive Respect
  • Grassroots Project of the Year
  • Grassroots Match Official of the Year
  • Grassroots League of the Year

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Previous winners

Salisbury Rovers (2017) – Best Inclusive Project

This club put the joy of football at the heart of everything does, ensuring accessible football for all whilst allowing kids to play with freedom.  Alongside weekly sessions, the club set up the award winning ‘Beautiful Game Project’.

Chris Maull (2017) – Groundsman of the Year

Chris was maintaining two 11v11, one 9v9 and one 7v7 pitches across one site where he cut, marked, hand aerated, repaired and reseeded – he did it all!

Geoff Bonner (2018) – Coach of the Year

Geoff guided a small team from Salisbury to compete an survive in the National Futsal Super League against teams like Manchester Futsal, Reading Escolla and Helvecia.  His determination and inclusion ethos ensured all registered players were included throughout the season. Geoff also coaches at his local club helping children reach their potential.

Ella Broad (2018) – Referee of the Year

Ella had refereed on average three games a week at different age groups. During 2018 Ella had been awarded two Cup Final Referee appointments and two league awards of ‘Referee of the Season’. She was also appointed 4th Official in the Ladies Cup Final.

The categories for this year’s awards are chosen to reflect the diversity of our football communities and the positive impact of football.

The FA’s Progressive, Respectful, Inclusive, Determined, and Excellent, values and behaviours are the backbone of The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards. We’re looking for people who make these values part of clubs, leagues and local communities.

When making a nomination think about how you can evidence the difference and impact on those around them. You can see more about the award criteria at//