Grassroots Football Award winners announced in style
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)
Charter Standard Club of the Year
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC (Winner)
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.