Nottinghamshire FA Grassroots Football Awards 2019
Its people who make grassroots football happen, week-in week-out and Friday (27th September) we celebrated all things non-league as we crowed our local winners. From supporters, referees, coaches or volunteers, our 2019 winners are those whose actions and behaviour make The FA’s PRIDE values part of the game for their clubs, leagues and communities.
From the record breaking 4,906 nominations received for the FA Grassroots Football Awards for 2019 we really proved football is truly a game For All.
At the City Ground, while Forest were away at Stoke, Nottinghamshire FA welcomed 150 people to The Robin Hood Suite for an evening to celebrate the incredible achievements, talent and people we have here in Nottinghamshire.
Notts TV’s Owen Shipton hosted the evening, joined by head of women’s football Sue Campbell and Nottingham Forest’s Chris Cohen.
The evening began with Referee Awards, we awarded two for their incredible long service, young referee, senior referee and match official of the year. Referee Awards:
LONG SERVICE AWARDS
50 years of service
MATCH OFFICAL OF THE YEAR
YOUNG REFEREE OF THE YEAR
SENIOR REFEREE OF THE YEAR
SERVICE TO REFEREEING
Friday was an incredible celebration of all variety of football, Chris Cohen said he ‘can’t believe there is so much football variety in Nottingham. It is great to see girls’ football on a platform but also disability football getting some recognition.’
Disability Football Awards:
PROJECT / CLUB OF THE YEAR
Nottinghamshire Power Wheelchair Club
DISABILITY COACH / VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
PLAYER OF TH E YEAR
Runner Up – Charlie Twinner
Our Nottinghamshire grassroots football hero’s were then awarded for their hard work and efforts over the last season. Award Winners:
COACH OF THE YEAR
Runner Up – Paul Heard
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Notts Girls and Ladies League
Runner Up – Eric Sipson
Sherwood Colliery FC
SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR
Sherwood Colliery FC
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Sherwood Ability Counts
GROUNDTEAM OF THE YEAR
LEAUGE OF THE YEAR
County Cup winners Sherwood Colliery Reserves, Nottingham Forest Ladies and Hucknall Town (apologies were sent from Basford United and Crusaders AFC, who both couldn’t attend the evening) joined us on the night to celebrate their 2018/19 cup win for one last time before this year’s competition gets underway!
This year we awarded two special awards chosen by the county FA. Both winners of these extra unannounced awards went to people who were in the room with no idea they were about to be recognised for their incredible work within Nottinghamshire Football. Vernon Thompson of Sherwood Ability counts was almost reduced to tears on hearing his players refer to him as a ‘role model’ and an ‘amazing person, who gives his time to anyone at football’. Here at Nottinghamshire FA we we’re completely delighted to reward Vernon who takes no credit for the incredible work he has given to the disability game over the past 10 years, we are sure disability football just wouldn’t be the same with his hard work and passion.
Our second special award went to staff member Marc Birkett. We wanted to recognise the incredible work that Marc has done for the development of Fustal nationally. Marc has been away on international World Cup and Euro appointments as referee of Futsal all while managing a full time position with Notts FA. Marc was previously the Referee Development Officer and now moved positions to take up a new challenge as Senior Football Development Officer. We were delighted to reward Marc for his efforts both inside and outside of work.
On behalf of the Nottinghamshire FA staff and Board of Directors, we would like to express a huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners in the 2019 ceremony.
Thank you for your continued contributions to grassroots football in Nottingham and we wish everyone a successful 2019/20 season and look forward to celebrating more of the local grassroots heroes next year.
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