Our unsung heroes recognised by the Community Awards 2012
Tuesday 18 December 2012
On Friday 12 October, volunteers, clubs and coaches from up and down the country headed to Wembley to attend The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, after being recognised as part of the annual grassroots football awards ceremony.
Attending an all star ceremony ahead of England’s World Cup 2014 Qualifying match against San Marino, winners collected their awards in front of football legends including Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Trevor Brooking and Pat Jennings.
This year an outstanding collection of individuals, leagues and clubs were recognised and for the first time the eight regional winners in the Outstanding Contribution category were entered into The People’s Award. The People’s Award gave the people of England the chance to vote for the nominee they believed should be crowned the national winner on the night.
This year’s winners included:
• Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Taome Caville
• The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award - Carshalton Athletic
• The FA Charter Standard Club Award - Broadmeadow STFC
• Volunteer of the Year Award - Neil Barber
• Coach of the Year Award - Liam Dart
• The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award - Darwen Rangers JFC
• The FA Charter Standard League Award - Timperley and District Junior Football League
• People’s Award – Andy Lowe
Founded in 2010, The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, aims to recognise and celebrate those coaches, volunteers, clubs and leagues, across England who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.
The Awards are about to launch into their 4th year with nominations opening in February. Watch this space for news in early 2013 regarding the official date and how to nominate your local heroes.