Introducing our Grassroots Football Award Winners
Last week we were delighted to host the Wiltshire FA and Charlton Baker Grassroots Football Excellence Awards 2023.
Alongside the annual England Football Grassroots Football Awards, the Charlton Baker Awards recognise and thank more clubs, leagues, players, volunteers and projects that are making a difference in grassroots football in Wiltshire.
Oliver Selfe, Wiltshire FA CEO said, “The Grassroots Awards is an important celebration in our calendar. It is a truly inspirational event where we get to recognise those people in the grassroots game who are making a real difference.
"We were greatly impressed by the nominations, it is nice to read about the people who are dedicated to making the game happen week in, week out.
"Thanks to all our winners, and our whole community, for the positive impact you make."
England Football has been recognising and celebrating the people who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England for many years. In 2020 Charlton Baker partnered with Wiltshire FA to further reward the remarkable contribution to football in Wiltshire.
Sally Ann Lewis, Accounting Associate at Charlton Baker said, “We are thrilled to support another year of celebrating the grassroots football community, thanking them for their time, dedication and commitment.
“At Charlton Baker we are passionate about championing excellence, making a difference, teamwork and building real relationships, all of which are reflected in the grassroots football community.
“Our award winners are the people making a difference. The people who are pioneering disability football, the people who show determination and resilience in their game, the people who are using football to enhance the Wiltshire community and the people who are trying to raise the standard of football."
INTRODUCING OUR GRASSROOTS HEROES
🏆 Making A Difference Award Winner – Pete Lowe
We are delighted to recognise Pete Lowe as our Charlton Baker, Making a Difference Award winner.
Pete is an extremely helpful volunteer, tirelessly making a difference to the community and contributing to making football the best it can be in Wiltshire.
Volunteering for both Chippenham and Bath Sunday League and Wiltshire FA Pete offers his time by supporting lots of events and projects and also brings a host of skills and experience to help with maintenance at Green Lane Playing Fields.
If you want something done, and done well, ask Pete.
Presented by Stacey Squire, Charlton Baker
🏆 Inclusive Football and Community Involvement Award Winner – Michael Cunningham from Kickstart FC
This is recognition of the outstanding work Michael is doing at Kickstart FC. He is instrumental in using football as common ground and focussing on mental health, creating a safe, inclusive environment for everyone.
Presented by Luke Rudman, Charlton Baker
🏆 Progression Award Winner – Ben Avery
Ben has shown determination, dedication and commitment, using football to help overcome the challenges of life.
Starting his football career as a goalie and now progressing through the referee ranks with the ambition to be in the Premier League one day.
We are delighted to recognise Ben as a fantastic role model for the youth of today. He is determined to be the best he can be and is always seeking to improve, we are looking forward to following his journey.
🏆 Coach of the Year. Male Pathway Winner – Dave Scott, Wroughton Juniors
Dave has shown true dedication to providing an inclusive, encouraging, and inspiring team. Making sure football is fun, Dave has learnt about his players, treats them as individuals and has created an environment where they are confident, they are supported, and they thrive.
Presented by Lyndon Taylor and Harry Russell
🏆 Coach of the Year. Female Pathway Winner – John Day, Amesbury Juniors
John has contributed to the growth of the girls game in Wiltshire by having the ethos of never turning away a girl who wants to play. With a growing girl’s provision, John has built fantastic relationships with players and parents and is recognised for his positive impact.
Presented by Lyndon Taylor and Harry Russell
🏆 Coach of the Year - Disability Pathway Winner – Brad Chapman, SWCP FC
Brad is both a player and a coach, looking to develop himself and his team. Recognised for providing an incredibly supportive and empathetic environment, Brad continues to step up and challenge himself.
🏆 Young Volunteer Award Winner - Nick Banks from Melksham Town FC
We are delighted to recognise Nick as a great role model who has shown his commitment and dedication to the game. Racking up his volunteer hours to plan and deliver sessions, he focusses on strengths and togetherness making sure his players are filled with confidence.
Presented by Ella Broad
🏆 Healthy Club Award Winner – Kickstart FC
The iPRO Healthy Club Award recognises a club who are taking positive steps to look after both physical and mental health. Kickstart FC had some amazing nominations with testimonials and stories from players who have benefited from their approach. Using football for health, this club promotes positive mental health sessions, offering an opportunity to talk, get out in the fresh air and have fun playing football. Congratulations for making a huge difference in the area of mental health.Presented by Oliver Selfe
🏆 Ability Counts Excellence Award Winner – South West Cerebral Palsy FC
This award recognises a club who is supporting disability football. SWCP FC has a special ethos of playing the right way, following the principles of development, friendship and competition. Offering football for people with cerebral palsy and associated conditions as well as open disability events this offers a safe, positive environment which helps alleviate isolation and supports mental health, which can often be linked to disability.
🏆 Wildcats Centre of the Year Winner – Marlborough Youth FC
This award recognises the best environment for girls to give football a try. Marlborough Youth FC is making significant strides to creating a fun and social environment where the girls can learn new skills, make friends and have fun. This club has shown particular success in retaining players in the game, helping girls continue their footballing journey’s.
Presented by Caleb Hollow, Charlton Baker
🏆 Welfare Officer of the Year Winner – Phil Hendy, Bishops Cannings FC
The Strakers Welfare Officer of the Year award recognises those who are providing an excellent standard of safeguarding for their players. Phil has shown fantastic commitment to keeping children and adults safe in football, always available for a chat, he has ensured a safe, enjoyable environment for all.
Presented by Oliver Selfe
🏆 Sustainable Club of the Year Winner – Ramsbury FC
It is a pleasure to recognise Ramsbury FC in the Hills Sustainable Club of the Year Award. Helping to protect our environment, Ramsbury FC is proud to be considering their waste management and lighting, but notably have recently commissioned a 33m bore hole to provide a sustainable and environmentally friendly irrigation system. The water is from natural springs and will be used to water and maintain pitches using a water tractor from the borehole and negating using thousands of litres of water from mains water taps.
🏆 Grassroots League of the Year Winner - Chippenham and Bath Sunday League
Chippenham and Bath Sunday League are recognised as a league that thinks outside the box, creating an encouraging and fun environment. This league managed a merge at the end of Season 21/22 which kept 1500 players in 43 teams playing Sunday League football. Testament to the incredible volunteers, this league is thriving.
Presented by Colin Kennerson
🏆 Outstanding Personal Achievement Award Winner - Bradley Abrey, Bishops Cannings FC
We are delighted to award Bradley for his determination, dedication, and passion in the grassroots game. Using football to break down barriers, Bradley is recognised by his peers as a person who offers support and is always positive. He gives 100% effort, pride, and passion. And we’ve been told to look out for some amazing goal celebrations and rap battles!
Presented by Scott Sartin, Charlton Baker
🏆 Match Official of the Year Winner – Andrew Lewis
Andrew is a referee who is skilful and shows fairness, empathy, reliability and fitness at each match. He demonstrates exceptional knowledge of the game and understanding of people. Completing 100 games this season, Andrew is dedicated to keeping football going and encouraging and inspiring the next generation.
🏆 Positive Football Environment Award Winner – Salisbury Rovers FC
Salisbury Rovers are recognised a club that has gone the extra mile to create a positive culture, ensuring football is accessible to everybody. Pioneering a unique globally recognised, child-led approach where young people co-create and lead sessions this club is committed to inclusion, respect and the welfare and rights of children.
Presented by Pete Lowe
🏆 New Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – William Goddard, Worton & Cheverell FC
This award recognises the positive impact of volunteers and the huge benefits they bring to grassroots football. William can be seen coaching, refereeing and sometimes even helping the grounds man! His calm, supportive and caring approach has made him a fantastic role model at his club.
Presented by Louise Pounder
🏆 Grassroots Club of the Year – Hotspire FC
Hotspire FC is a new club that has found its place in the community and goes above and beyond for its players. The club creates a fun, inclusive environment, offering bespoke training for individuals to succeed.
Presented by Lyndon Taylor
🏆 Grounds Team of the Year Winner – Tracey Ferguson, Warminster Highbury Youth FC
It is a pleasure to recognise the efforts of grounds teams who keep the pitches and facilities match ready all year round. Tracey Ferguson is an unsung hero who works tirelessly to ensure grounds are looked after and football can be played at Warminster Highbury Youth FC. Described as a stalwart of the club, she goes above and beyond, securing pitches, managing facilities and ensuring growth.
🏆 Long Service Award Winner: Colin Kennerson
We took the opportunity to thank you Colin Kennerson for his loyal and dedicated service to Wiltshire football.
Colin has been involved in grassroots football as a player, club treasurer and secretary for many years. He also refereed at District, County and Supply League and was appointed to English Schools competition. Colin has assessed for 10 years and has been involved in the administration of the Salisbury League and following relocation the Trowbridge League, where he acted as League Secretary. Colin joined The Wilts FA as a league representative and soon became a Director. During this time he has been the Chairman of the Football Service Committee.
Thank you Colin, for everything you have done for #WiltshireFootball
THANK YOU TO WILTSHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUES
🙌WILTSHIRE WOMENS AND GIRLS LEAGUE
🙌CHIPPENHAM AND BATH SUNDAY LEAGUE
🙌NORTH WILTS YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
🙌MID WILTS FOOTBALL LEAGUE
🙌SALISBURY DISTRICT AND SUNDAY LEAGUE
🙌WILTSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE
🙌SWINDON DISTRICT LEAGUE
🙌TROWBRIDGE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE
🙌SWINDON SUNDAY LEAGUE
we would also like to thank
💙To our amazing award sponsor, Charlton Baker for sharing our passion and supporting us to celebrate the brilliant people in our football community!
🙌To our presenter, the amazing James Threlfall MBE for bringing everyone together!
🏟 To our host Melksham Town FC for a fantastic venue and support from the staff team!
🤝To our partners for continually supporting the game!
📸To our photographer Estelle Bowden for the great shots.
🍔To out caterers Silkwise Catering for the delicious food and excellent service.
🤩And to our staff and board members for all your efforts.