The team on stage at Wembley Stadium collecting their Award

Berks & Bucks FA win national Award at Wembley Stadium

CFA recognised for our partnership work with Berkshire-based, national mental health charity, Sport in Mind.

Berks & Bucks Football Association (FA) has landed the Partnership Award at the 2023 County FA Recognition Awards for its charity partnership with Berkshire-based national charity, Sport in Mind.

The Awards, which were hosted at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, recognise, and endorse the best projects, products and services delivered by County FAs over the past season while sharing best practice and learnings from around the country.

A record breaking 242 submissions have been entered from the 50 County FAs operating across England, highlighting continuous improvements, and showcasing how they are innovating to improve grassroots football and increase participation across all levels of the game. 

The twelve categories recognised at the awards were: 

Brand Engagement
Coach Development
Employee Wellbeing & Engagement
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Facility Development
Football Development
Positive Football Environment
Referee Development
Special recognition
Women & Girls
Youth Engagement

Berks & Bucks FA was handed the Partnership Award for their ongoing collaboration with Berkshire based, national charity, Sport in Mind, the UK’s leading mental health sports charity that exists to transform the lives and mental health of children and adults through sport and physical activity.

Since launching in July 2022, Berks & Bucks FA have worked on several exciting projects to help support the work of the charity by raising awareness within the football community across Berks & Bucks and helping to promote the positive impact sport and physical activity can have in people’s lives, committing to:

Provide Mental Health Awareness Training to staff and to key volunteers within the game 
Raise the profile of the signs and symptoms of poor mental health 
Provide training and support to those recovering from poor mental health encouraging their involvement in the game. 
Open additional opportunities for the football community to talk about their mental health.

In addition, as a team, they have also taken part in fundraising activities including cycling and walking challenges on World Mental Health Day, stepped out for RED January.

A winners board lists and celebrates the key elements of the nomination

Berks & Bucks FA’s Chief Executive Officer, Liz Verrall, said:
"It was an honour to be recognised nationally for our important work with Sport in Mind and I’m incredibly proud of the team at Berks & Bucks for the way they have embraced and championed the partnership at every stage, helping to use the power of our sport to raise awareness and promote the positive impact physical activity has for improving and maintaining mental health.

"Our partnership with Sport in Mind is part of our public commitment to our football community, recognising the equal importance of both physical and mental health for our overall wellbeing. Our purpose, and why we do what we do, is to 'Connect People and Change Lives' and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Neil and the team to fulfil this purpose and see what more we can achieve together."

Neil Harris, Founder and CEO of Sport in Mind said: “We are absolutely delighted that Berks & Bucks FA have been recognised by the FA for the work we do together to raise awareness, drive education and use football to support those struggling with their mental health. 

“It is a brilliant way to highlight the importance of starting the conversation- talking about and looking after our mental health through sport. To see this recognised through our ground-breaking partnership is absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see where our work takes us next.”

The FA’s Head of Operations for Grassroots Football, Tim Foster, added: "It has been brilliant to celebrate the tremendous work that takes place across all of our County FAs. 

"The projects submitted into this year’s County FA Recognition Awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication across our County FA network which works tirelessly to deliver grassroots football to the communities in which they serve. 

"My congratulations go to all of the winners, and to everyone involved in delivering new and innovative projects to grow and enhance the grassroots game."

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