The national winners of the FA McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards were celebrated at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 4th August during the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Selected from over 4,906 nominations from across England, the awards celebrate the people who make grassroots football happen week in, week out. From supporters, referees, coaches or volunteers, the winners demonstrate the values and behaviours which mean grassroots can be the best place for people to play and enjoy football for all. This year’s winners are:
Grassroots Coach of the Year - Lizzie Pacey Grassroots Club of the Year - Chadderton Park Sports Club Grassroots League of the Year - Mid Lancashire Colts Junior Football League Grounds Team of the Year - Tony Sanders Grassroots Match Official of the Year - Chad Roberts Grassroots Volunteer of the Year - James Galt Rising Star of the Year - Asha Mohamud and Ali Zaman Grassroots Supporter of the Year - Thomas Woodrow Grassroots Project of the Year - Follo FC #WeOnlyDoPositive Respect Award - Shropshire Junior Football League Bobby Moore Award - Paul Rimmer
The quality of the nominations for the Grassroots Awards this year was outstanding, with thanks expressed to everyone who nominated their own grassroots heroes.