Do you know any #GrassrootsHeroes? Nominations for the 2017 FA Community Awards are now open, and McDonald's are looking for you to tell them who to choose for the People's Award.
The 2017 Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the UK’s four home nation football associations, are now open for nominations. The awards recognise and celebrate grassroots volunteers across the UK who make a real difference to their communities.
McDonald’s is the longest standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK and continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability.
The awards recognise and celebrate grassroots volunteers who make a real difference to their communities across the UK. There are eight categories, including the People's Award – which is voted for by the public.
McDonald’s is a long term partner of the FA during which time thousands of grassroots clubs have benefitted. This support has encapsulated all facets of keeping the beautiful game going, from training football coaches and running community football days, to equipping the UK’s 5000+ FA accredited football clubs with brand new kit annually, and is on track to donate its 250,000th kit this year.
Kelly Simmons, Football Participation and Development Director at the FA adds “McDonald’s has supported grassroots football in partnership with The FA for the last 15 years. Over that time McDonald’s has become an integral part of growing the game for boys and girls all around the country. With McDonald’s investment into key programmes and initiatives, they help us to make great strides in achieving our goal to provide football for all. We couldn’t do all that we do without the help of our partners and McDonald’s are a shining example of how to make a difference. We thank them for their support for the last 15 years and for the years ahead.”
Thousands of clubs have benefitted from McDonald's support of the grassroots game. Their work has ranged from training football coaches and running community football days, to equipping the UK's 5,000-plus FA-accredited football clubs with brand new kit each year – and they are on track to donate their 250,000th kit this year.
The Awards are split into eight categories, two new awards have been added for 2017 – Coach of the Year and Best Inclusive Programme. Each nomination will be judged by Lincolnshire Football Association, before a national shortlist is created from the regional winners of each category. In 2016, more than 2,000 nominations were put forward for the Awards in England.
The eight categories are:
- The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award
- The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award
- The FA Charter Standard Club Award
- The FA Charter Standard League of the Year Award
- Best Inclusive Project Award
- Coach of the Year
- People’s Award - Outstanding Contribution to Community Football
- Young Volunteer of the Year Award
To nominate a grassroots football club or volunteer follow the category link above or go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards.