Hunts FA Names 10 Local Grassroots Football Award Winners

Hunts FA has selected 10 local recipients of The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2018.

The Grassroots Football Awards, known previously as The FA and McDonalds Community Awards, recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and groups to instill The FA’s PRIDE values – Progressive, Respectful, Inclusive, Determination and Excellent – and make a positive difference in their club, league or local community. 

Following receipt of a record 2,904 nominations, The FA has worked alongside respective County FAs to select appropriate winners across 10 categories. The full list of Hunts FA Grassroots Football Awards 2018 winners are: 

  • Coach of the year: Lisa Trigg – St. Ives Rangers Colts FC, St Ivo School
  • Community project of the year: St. Ives Rangers Ability Counts FC - Disability programme
  • Charter Standard club of the year: Buckden Juniors FC
  • Charter Standard league of the year: Hunts Youth League
  • Grounds team of the year: Matt Plumb – Eynesbury Rovers FC
  • Match Official of the year: Percy Parker
  • The Respect Award: City of Peterborough Futsal
  • Supporter of the year: John Walker – St. Neots Town FC
  • Volunteer of the year: Mark Butler – Needingworth Colts FC
  • Youth volunteer of the year: Sophie Marjoram – St. Ives SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Club

Greg Clarke, Chairman of The FA, said: "It’s been fantastic to see a record number of nominations for this year’s Grassroots Football Awards and hear so many stories of dedication and commitment throughout the grassroots game. 

"The selection of winners chosen alongside Hunts FA represents the diverse nature of football in this country and I would like to congratulate each and every one for their inspirational work."

Andy Coles, Senior Football Development Officer of Hunts FA, said: “Nominations captured The FA’s ‘For All’ ethos and judged upon The FA’s values of Progressive, Respectful, Inclusive, Determined and Excellent, or PRIDE for short. The Awards are for people who make a positive difference. We recognise these individuals and clubs who have put their heart and soul into the game. This is Huntingdonshire’s chance to celebrate their fantastic work and say thank you for inspiring us all to aim for greatness.”

On 9 July, The FA’s National Panel will meet to select national winners from the pool of County FA recipients and they will be formally announced at the 2018 FA Community Shield on 5 August.

To learn more about The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2018, visit: www.thefa.com/get-involved/grassroots-football-awards-2018