BBFA Award Winners 2018

Grassroots Football Award winners announced in style

The Berks & Bucks FA winners of the FA & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards were revealed at a special event at Reading FC.

Volunteers from across Berks & Bucks were recognised for their dedication to the local grassroots game at the eighth annual BBFA Awards Evening which took place at Reading FC on Friday 20th July. 

The evening was attended by nominees from each of the ten FA & McDonalds Grassroots Football Award categories, with winners announced on the night in front of friends and peers.

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. They aim to recognise those individuals and groups who put their heart and soul into the game and those whose' actions and behaviour make The FA’s PRIDE values part of the game for their clubs, leagues and communities. 

The annual awards evening offers us the chance to celebrate all the fantastic work being done by grassroots football volunteers right across Berks & Bucks and allows us to say thank for inspiring us all to aim for greatness. Without you, football simply wouldn't exist. 

The local nominees and winners of the FA & Grassroots Football Awards were:

The Respect Award

Heelands Rangers FC (Winner)

Match Official of the Year

Geoff Pithers (Winner)
Tim Brandi

Charter Standard Club of the Year

FC Holyport
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC (Winner)
Tattenhoe FC

Charter Standard League of the Year

Reading & West Berks League
Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League (Winner)

Community Project of the Year

Abingdon United Youth FC
Smiles FC (Winner)

Grounds Team of the Year

Nicholas & Steven Turner - Marsh Gibbon FC
Gerrards Cross & Fulmer Grounds Team (Winner)

Coach of the Year

Mark Johnston - Tattenhoe U9s (Winner)
Fitzroy Licorish - Tilehurst Panthers

Supporter of the Year

Aaron Markey - Tattenhoe Reserves (Winner)
Esme Stokes - Marsh Gibbon FC

Young Volunteer of the Year

Josh Stimpson - Waterhall Stars FC
Naomi Norrie - BBFA Youth Council (Winner)

Volunteer of the Year

Martin Turner - Pinewood FC (Winner)
Tony Andrews - FC Holyport
Nick Markham - Finchampstead FC

Want to find out more about the the winners' nominations? Watch the reveal videos now on our YouTube channel!

As well as the FA & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards, we also announced the winners of the FA Groundsman of the Year and recognised the extraordinary achievements and contributions of three volunteers with Special Recognition Awards. 

FA Groundsman of the Year

Step 5 & 6 

Lewis Clements - Windsor FC (Winner)

Step 7 & Below

Simon Damery - Amersham Town FC (Winner)

Special Recognition Awards

Esme Stokes - Supporter of the Year

Tony Andrews - Volunteer of the Year

Nick Markham - Volunteer of the Year

Thatcham Town FC, who were our guest speakers on the night, also received a Special Recognition Award for their historic FA Vase win at Wembley last season.

We'd like to thank everyone who nominated and all those people that made the night such an enjoyable occassion; including all the nominees and the manager and players of Thatcham Town for talking about their experiences at Wembley and bringing The FA Vase with them on the night.

We would also like to thank all of the clubs and organsiations who donated prizes for our raffle and to everyone made donations on the night, helping us to raise £301 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Thank you all for the work you do and for your continues support. 


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