LFA Awards Evening

A look back on our Award Winners

This year as we countdown the 8 weeks nomination period for The FA Community Awards 2017, here in Lincolnshire we take a look back at our previous award winners.

All previous award winners were invited to the Lincolnshire FA Awards Evening hosted at the prestigious Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground, where attendees wine and dine amongst fellow award winners and special football VIPs, celebrating a season of football and the fantastic work delivered by our Grassroots Heroes.

 LFA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2016 - Sleaford Town JFC

 Extract from Awards Evening Programme;

 "Sleaford Town J.F.C. provides opportunities for all to play football. From their ‘mini-greens’ on a Saturday morning, through to their First Team that compete in the United Counties Football League and their Ladies First Team. They provide unique training opportunities for goalkeepers, whilst also providing CPD opportunities for volunteer coaches and young coaches. They have a bespoke Coaches for Tomorrow Programme which has been integrated into a ‘Leadership Academy’ working with local schools and community project groups to support and deliver club objectives whilst also providing young volunteers with hands-on experience. The club have a clear vision and mission statement ‘One Goal, One Club’, with the club’s holistic approach they have produced a developmental environment for all to thrive in."

Do you know a FA Charter Standard Community Club growing participation, raising standards throughout the game including the delivery of The FA Respect programme or creating innovative ways in which the club has looked to develop the standards of its players including the education of its volunteer coaching workforce?

Give the club the recognition they deserve and follow in the footsteps of Sleaford Town JFC, nominate by following the link -> The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award 

LFA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2015 - Horncastle Town FC

Extract from Awards Evening Programme;

"Horncastle Town FC is an amateur football club in the town of Horncastle and has a proud history dating back to when the club was founded in 1873.  Horncastle Town is a Charter Standard Development Football Club, with 12 teams providing pathways from Youth to Adult Football.  Nominated for the Development Club of Year award specifically for the tremendous work club volunteers put into growing their club and developing their brand new changing and club house facility. After a tremendous amount of hard work from the chairman and committee the completion of the project sees the club housed in one of the finest facilities in the county. The club has created a comfortable, welcoming environment for people to visit and watch football of all age groups."

Nominate your FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year by following this link -> The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award 

LFA Charter Standard Club of the Year 2016 - Crowland JFC

Extract from Awards Evening Programme;

"Since falling to only 3 teams in the club and a re-forming committee, Crowland J.F.C. have had a steady rise in number of teams and coaches in the past 3 years. The club now possess teams at every age group through mini-soccer to adult football. They consistently meet FA Charter Standard requirements, completing their annual health check within the allotted time. The club are also on the forefront of player development, working closely with the league participating in their weekly Futsal 5’s league."

Know a local FA Charter Standard Club that deserves recognition, does your own club go above and beyond, nominate them now by following this link -> The FA Charter Standard Club Award 

LFA Charter Standard League of the Year 2016 - Onyx Teamwear Grantham Youth Football League

Extract from Awards Evening Programme;

"Well known to the FA Community Awards, Onyx Teamwear Grantham Youth Football League is back for the 3rd time. The league consistently deliver a high quality programme for all is clubs, coaches and volunteers. An innovative player-centric approach is central to their success, encouraging growth in participation whilst ensuring a safe and fun environment is paramount.  In recent seasons the league has seen the introduction of the Futsal provision, whilst also delivering an annual CPD conference for all its members. The league is extremely pro-active in its partnership working with local facilities to host central venue trophy events and bespoke coach education courses."

Find out more on the details of the League of the Year category and how to nominate your league by following this link -> The FA Charter Standard League of the Year Award 

LFA Young Volunteer of the Year 2015 - Sophie Bartup (UOL)

Extract from Awards Evening Programme;

"Sophie was appointed as the University of Lincoln Football Activator in September 2014.  Sophie was tasked with raising participation levels in football at the University whilst also providing further opportunities such as coaching, refereeing and volunteering etc. During the 2014/15 season Sophie has achieved staggering results;

  • Affiliated and supported the growth of the UOL SSF competition for 45 new SSF teams.
  • Implemented a Mars Just Play Centre – 28 weeks delivery, with an average of 13 participants per week.
  • 1 Kick It Out Tournament, 5 teams, 25 players – 10% BAME participants
  • Supported 21 new qualified coaches
  • 12 new SSF referees
  • 10 week disability football programme
  • Introduced a UOL football committee
  • 6 young leaders actively delivering in the community

Aside from Sophie’s success through her University position, Sophie has also been committed to her own CPD as a coach, recently achieving her FA Youth Award Module 1. Sophie regularly volunteers outside the University and is an active member of local FA Charter Standard Club North Lindum Hawks. Within the club she coaches the Under 11’s boys team, but also supports the clubs development delivering Saturday morning clubs, girls only football sessions and holiday coaching sessions.

“Sophie is a fantastic young volunteer and is unrivalled in the work she has achieved over the season, her attitude, commitment and enthusiasm is contagious to anyone she works with. A well deserved reward.”

Do you know a young volunteer like Sophie, going above and beyond in the game to improve football environments and increase football participation?  Nominate them to get the recognition they deserve by following this link -> Young Volunteer of the Year Award

LFA Volunteer of the Year 2016 - Steve Altoft (Bottesford Town FC)

Extract from Awards Evening Programme;

"‘Mr Bottesford’, Steve has given countless hours to Bottesford Town F.C. over the past 20 years.  Steve has done several roles from 1st team manager, Chairman, Treasurer plus many more and is currently Secretary for the club, one of the largest FA Charter Standard Community Clubs in Lincolnshire. Steve has no children linking him to Bottesford Town Football Club yet his love for the game and the club have seen Bottesford strive forward in every way possible. Steve’s ultimate goal is to see local players come through the club from mini-soccer right through to the first team. Under Steve’s leadership the club are now thriving in both community spirit and standards, in the words of Steve’s nominator ‘A true pillar of the community and a proper football man’."

Have a great character like Steve at your club, want to recognise any volunteer, any club, any league nominate them now via -> http://www.lincolnshirefa.com/news/2017/feb/mcdonalds-community-awards


Coach of the Year

The Coach of the Year Award will be an open nomination process with stakeholders at clubs, leagues, education bodies and County FAs invited to nominate.

The Coach must fulfil the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • The Coach must work in grassroots football
  • The Coach should be FA accredited to a minimum of Level One with the following:
    • In date Emergency Aid certificate
    • In date Safeguarding Children certificate
    • CRB check
  • To win the prize, the Coach must commit to at least 3 hours further Continued Professional Development training throughout the next 12 months
  • The Coach must show a commitment to adhering to The FA’s coaching philosophy and be an advocate of fair play and the FA Respect Programme

To nominate your Coach of the Year please follow the link -> Coach of the Year

Best Inclusive Project

The Best Inclusive Project  will be an open nomination process with clubs, leagues and County FAs invited to nominate.

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

  • Project is inclusive and encourages participation for all, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sex.


  • Project provides opportunities to participate for women and/or girls and ethnic minorities


  • Project has made a significant positive impact on local community.

Nominate an inclusion project now -> Best Inclusive Project Award 

For more information on all our previous award winners from 2014 onwards please review the attached Awards Evening Programmes.

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