Grassroots Football Awards nominations now open!

Grassroots Football Awards 2020

Nominate your grassroots heroes!

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference.

It’s our way to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game and say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us all.

But we need your help - we need you, the Sussex football community to nominate your grassroots heroes!

These awards are to recognise and reward the people, clubs and leagues that deliver grassroots football. The awards are split into categories, and each County FA selects a local winner for each from the public’s nominations. These form a shortlist for our national winners, selected by a national judging panel.

Award Categories

Who is inclusive, encouraging and inspiring when it matters most?

The coach should be able to demonstrate the following:

- Minimum The FA Level 1 in Coaching with in date emergency aid*
- Demonstrate The FAs PRIDE values
- Part of a Grassroots Club that are The FA Charter Standard Accredited
- Communicates RESPECT to players
- Attends relevant CPD

*The FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF)

Who inspires excellence and inclusivity in our younger players?

The coach should be able to demonstrate the following:

- Minimum The FA Level 1 in Coaching with in date SC, EA* and in date accepted The FA CRC
- Demonstrate The FAs PRIDE values
- Member of the Licensed Coaches Club scheme
- Attends relevant CPD
- Communicate the England DNA messages
- Part of a Grassroots Club that are The FA Charter Standard Accredited
- Creates a positive learning environment

*The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

Who keeps the pitch and facilities match-ready all year round? And helps keep the environment safe, week in, week out?

We want to know about the grounds team who excel when it comes to making sure grassroots football happens.

They might not have a specific job-title, but these people are the ones who make sure the club pitch, environment and facilities are always safe and good to go.

Look for evidence of their efforts making a positive difference to make football, safe, fun and inclusive For All.

Which club sits at the heart of its community providing an opportunity for all to get involved?

Your Grassroots Club of the Year should be one that unites everyone in a fun atmosphere of respect, inclusivity and excellence. They should also be a Grassroots Club that are FA Charter Standard Accredited. They have dedicated volunteers. They are PROUD to create a safe, fun, and inclusive environment FOR ALL.

Which league creates a great format and environment to encourage every player?

The Grassroots League of the Year should have dedicated volunteers that clearly demonstrate, both on and off the pitch, they are PROUD to create a safe, fun and inclusive environment FOR ALL.

The judging panel will review the applications based on the following criteria:

- It will be part of The FA Charter Standard League accreditation scheme
- Demonstrates support of The FA initiatives
- Demonstrates their role in the community

Who gives up their own time to go above and beyond for your club?

We want to know about those who make a difference as volunteers. Those who make an impact on matchdays or behind the scenes. Those who positively contribute to football in the community for the enjoyment of others.

The judging panel will review the applications based on the following criteria:
- The volunteer must have made a significant contribution to football in their community
- The volunteer may have taken steps to improve the standard of their volunteering through sports/football courses
- The volunteers should act in a responsible and professional manner and be seen as a role model in their community

Who is dedicated to helping make grassroots football enjoyable for everyone?

Your rising star nomination should be for someone who has made a real contribution to football in the community. Someone who is a role model, who acts responsibly, and encourages and supports others.

Your nominee must be under 25 years of age on the closing date of the nominations.

Who brings out the best in people on and off the pitch?

We’re looking for the positive parent from the side-lines or the team of parents that go over and above to consistently give both teams the best match day experience. We want to know all about those who make respect an important part of what they do in grassroots football in your community, and who inspire others to behave positively.

The judging panel will review the applications based on the following criteria:

- Signed up to The FA Pledge Of Positivity
- Demonstrates consistent support to The FA Respect We Only Do Positive campaign
- Team is within an FA Charter Standard Club
- Demonstrates they have made a positive impact from the side-lines

Who has the determination and drive to ensure everyone plays fair?

Tell us all about the match official who has impressed you on matchday with their fairness and empathy, their reliability and fitness.

Your nominee should be an excellent official who evaluates skilfully, someone who is keen to ensure that players can learn while enjoying their football at the same time.

As well as the PRIDE values, nominations for the Match Official of the Year should evidence how the nominee has demonstrated one or more of the values associated with the DNA of English refereeing:

- Respect
- Empathy
- Fitness
- Evaluation
- Reliability
- Education and Excellence

Which project made a positive impact through football in your local community?

We want to hear all about a grassroots project that has really made a significant difference to life in your local community. Something that has, thanks to football, improved things in the locality for others. For example; tangible decreases in crime, increases in youth engagement, positive impact on mental health and wellbeing within the community, driving girls/disability/all football participation.

Who is the heart and soul of grassroots football in England?

Somewhere out there is the individual, club, league, project or team of people who exemplified the spirit of grassroots football. They make a huge difference to people within grassroots football.

When you make your nominations, you might also be voting for the eventual winner of the prestigious Bobby Moore Award. They are chosen by our National Judging panel from all the category winners across the country.

For further information about The FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards please contact our Awards team:

Sussex County FA

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