Our County FA will again be celebrating those people, clubs and leagues who make a positive difference across our communities at our annual Awards Ceremony, to be held at Wycombe Wanderers FC on Thursday 28th July.
The England Football & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards are our chance to celebrate all the work that goes into the grassroots game in Berks & Bucks – and importantly, say a huge 'thank you' to all the incredible volunteers who inspire us to make our local game better For All.
As with previous years, we again asked for your help to uncover the exceptional, the tireless, and the devoted heroes of your grassroots game and you delivered. For six weeks earlier in the year, you nominated in your hundreds which resulted in yet another record breaking year for number of nominations received.
Of course, with so many exceptional stories of individual commitment and club & league achievements from across the region, this only served to make the judging process even more difficult than it has been in previous years. It therefore goes without saying that the shortlisted nominees in this year's Awards should be incredibly proud of their achievement.
We are delighted to be able to announce the shortlisted nominees in the following England Football & McDonald's Grassroots Football Award categories, with the winners to be revealed at the Awards evening:
Coach of the Year for Youth Teams
Angela Gurr & David Summers (Moretonville Juniors JFC)
Andrew Janeba (Ashridge Park Royals)
Josh Boggi (Taplow Utd)
Coach of the Year for Adult Teams
Jamie Tompkins (Ascot Utd)
Richard Hird (MK Buzzards)
Dan Gurling (Stony Stratford FC)
Club of the Year
Pinewood Football Club
Woodley United FC
MK City FC
League of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Carl Allum (Newport Pagnell Town)
Robert Austin (Hype Train FC)
David Keene (Old Bradwell Utd)
Rising Star of the Year
Carl Robinson (Totteridge)
Jess McDonagh (Maidenhead Utd)
Grounds Team of the Year
Newport Pagnell Town
Pitstone & Ivinghoe Junior FC
Project of the Year
Football for Foodbanks
Give Back FC
Match Official of the Year
Spirit of Grassroots Football Award
Richard Hurst & Natasha Loughrey (Wokingham & Emmbrook FC)
Jeff & Janet Jaffery (Burnham Juniors)
Sandra & Richard Johnson (MK Buzzards)
Kevin Bennett (Holy Trinity Juniors FC)
Additionally, we'd like to thank all of the people who nominated their friends, fellow volunteers, clubs and leagues for recognition. Grassroots football in Berks & Bucks simply wouldn't exist without the contributions and sacrifices you all make for the sheer love of the game and for that we cannot thank you enough.
We now look forward to the Awards evening which is to be held in person at Adam's Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers FC, on the Thursday 28th July, to celebrate and recognise the incredible grassroots football volunteer network across our region.