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.