Nominations for our Grassroots Awards close on Monday, so put your favourites forward

You can still make your nominations for this year’s FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards until Monday 18 May, with ten different categories in which to put forward your own grassroots heroes for an honour. Whether it’s supporters, referees, coaches, clubs or volunteers, winners will be those whose actions and behaviour make our values part of the game for their clubs, leagues and communities.

Friday 15 May 2020
Representatives of the SJFL collect their 'We Only Do Positive' award from Lionesses legend Karen Carney last year

Why not cast a vote in the 'We Only Do Positive' award section for the 2020 FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards?

Last year, the Shropshire Junior Football League were our winners and this season it's all about you, the parents, so if you know of anyone who's been a shining light in leading by example in grassroots football, put their name forward now!

The nominations process closes on Monday 18 May, so there's not long left to try and help your grassroots heroes get the recognition they deserve.

Last year saw the SJFL pick up the award at Wembley after their work in equality with all of the clubs in their league, with initiatives such as making sure all players wore Rainbow Laces during their Respect Futsal Day.

"Whatrever background, whatever faith, wherever you come from, our motto is: 'Ability is nothing without opportunity'," said SJFL chairmain Michael Hames.

"And that's why we think we won the award.

And Shropshire County FA chairman Dave Simpson added: "They're such a forward thinking league that any initiative that the FA put forward, LGBT, Rainbow Laces, Kick It Out, they embrace it in a way that breeds success

"If all leagues adopted this approach, we'd have a great game."

Are you inspired by the Shropshire Junior Football League's ethos? Do you know a club who you feel should be in line for the award this year? You can vote now.

By Nicholas Veevers