Eight local grassroots champions from across Derbyshire have been named as this year’s winners of The Derbyshire County FA Community Awards, supported by McDonald’s.
The local grassroots volunteers and clubs have now been shortlisted for regional recognition in this year’s FA Community Awards.
Since February people have been nominating their grassroots heroes within the county, from individual volunteers to Clubs and Leagues and the response has been fantastic.
Following the eight-week nomination period a judging panel, made up of local county FA and McDonald’s representatives, selected this year’s winners for their invaluable commitment to the grassroots game, week in, week out.
This year’s Derbyshire County FA winners include:
FA Charter Standard Club of the Year 2016/17 – Barlborough Juniors FC
FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2016/17 – Chesterfield Junior Blues FC
FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2016/17 – Glossop North End AFC
FA Young Volunteer of the Year 2016/17 – Sam James (Melbourne United)
Coach of the Year – Ben Mills (Glossop North End AFC Juniors)
FA Charter Standard League of the Year 2016/17 – Derby City League
Outstanding Contribution to Community Football 2016/17 – Alan Dawson (Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League)
Best Inclusive Project Award 2016/17 – BAME Referees Project
Liam Rooney, Football Development Manager at Derbyshire County FA, said:
We are fortunate to have so many fantastic clubs and volunteers who help us strive towards providing better and more footballing opportunities for young players. We know how much work goes into football on a weekly basis and The FA Community Awards supported by McDonald’s allow us to say thank you to those who dedicate so much time to the game across Derbyshire.
We wish them all the best for the next stage of the awards and hopefully they can go all the way and pick up a national award later in the year.”
Whilst there have been eight selected winners, it is also important to highlight and congratulate those that were nominated:
FA Charter Standard Club of the Year 2016/17 – Nominees
Espial GAD Khalsa Hepthorne Lane Newbold Community Football Training
South Normanton Colts
FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2016/17 – Nominees
Borrowash Victoria Juniors
FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2016/17 – Nominees
AFC Chellaston Hilton Harriers Mickleover Sports Juniors Riverside Juniors
Sandiacre Town Youth Tintwistle Athletic
FA Young Volunteer of the Year 2016/17 – Nominees
Ben Saxton Jamie Vernon Joshua Birley Anthony Churchill Sam Bird
Connor Adams Declan Fox Sam Elliott George Watson Clay
Ashley Spurr Govinda Sharma Hannah Freeman Jamie Wharton
FA Coach of the Year 2016/17 – Nominees
Anthony Payne Ben Saxton Ian Birley Craig Comery
Barry Lawson Matthew Chatfield Daniel Davidson John Majka
Gareth Wright Nick Buckley Jon Stoppard Dave Hoult
Paul Jenkinson Jonathan Bland Amy Page
FA Charter Standard League of the Year 2016/17 – Nominees
Derby Junior Football League
Outstanding Contribution to Community Football 2016/17 – Nominees
Steven Smith Ben Saxton Lyndsey Parker Shaun Martin
Andrew Laight Trevor Daeffler Bob Wilson Matthew Toulson
Alan Ure Ian Clacher Nick Buckley Kevin Harlow
Tommy Weightman Karnjit Khatkar John Chambers Neville Hardy
Duncan Gibb Jon Matthews David Rowlinson
Best Inclusive Project Award 2016/17 – Nominees
Football v Homophobia Derbyshire County FA Young Leadership Management Team
Walking Football League Chesterfield Futsal League Hilton Harriers Disability Football
GAD Khalsa Referee Inclusion
For more information you can visit the Derbyshire County FA website.