The FA Community Shield

FA Community Awards: Vote for your football champion

Wednesday 08 Jul 2015
The winner will be presented at Wembley on 2 August

The voting to find the the 2015 FA Community Awards People's Award winner has opened and football fans can now give the unsung heroes the recognition they deserve.

The new season begins at Wembley Stadium on 2 August – before then the spotlight once again turns to saluting those that have made a real difference in the national game.

The FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s have become a mainstay of the footballing calendar. 

Now in their sixth year, they shine a light on the tremendous efforts of the 400,000 volunteers who make grassroots football what it is. 

And as is the tradition, it is the public that gets to decide who among the thousands of nominations received deserves the ultimate accolade of being crowned People’s Award winner.

The FA and Community Partner McDonald’s have compiled a shortlist of eight candidates - selected as regional winners for their outstanding contribution to community football.

Each contender is a true grassroots hero and the winner, voted by the public will be unveiled at a special prize-giving at Wembley on the day of the Community Shield. 

Premier League champions Chelsea and Emirates FA Cup winners Arsenal meet under the arch on Sunday 2 August.

Nominees for the 2015 People’s Award are:

Angela Reed

Angela Reed from Kent

Angela has been a hugely active member of the Kent FA football community for over 25 years. She and her husband founded the Invicta Sunday club in 1990, which has expanded considerably and continues to thrive today. 

As club secretary, Angela has been a pivotal part of keeping the club up and running through times good and bad alike. She has only missed two matches in twenty four seasons, even helping out as a physiotherapist on-pitch, just six days before the birth of her daughter in 1994.

Chris and Bev Maull

Chris and Bev Maull from Swindon

Since joining Swindon Spitfires in 1967 and 1970, Chris and Bev Maull have both contributed an enormous amount to the female football club and wider community. As an instrumental figure to the beginning of the club, Chris has held an array of roles at Spitfires as coach, referee, coach driver, manager and chairman. 

Today he takes up the role of Club President, grounds-man and match day tea server. 

Bev began her life at Spitfires as passionate player at Spitfires in 1970 before moving on to various roles including coach, manager, club secretary, welfare officer and dedicated kit washer.

David Wiltshire

David Wiltshire from Norfolk

David is the club official for Cromer Youth Football Club as part of the Norfolk FA. With over 25 years’ experience, David is nominated for his dedication and hard work for the club even after retirement. 

Over the years David hasn’t missed a Saturday morning session. He bought all the training equipment himself and forever consults his trusty Bobby Charlton guidebooks. 

The fact he gives up so much of his spare time to the local community and club is testament to Dave's hard work and dedication. He very recently took early retirement but continues to be involved.

Gerard Redman

Gerard Redman has been involved with Denton West End AFC for 27 years

The hours Gerard Redman puts into Denton West End AFC are incalcuble. Since starting his involvement with the club some 27 years ago Gerard has held various roles as parent, coach, manager and currently chairman of the club which now boasts 250 young people aged from 5-16 years old.  

Alongside this, Gerard manages his Chairman duties with his role as Welfare and Activities Officer at Denton West End, where he continuously strives to improve the experience for boys and girls involved in the grassroots game. 

Gerard is regarded by all in his community as a true grassroots hero.

Glenn Weaver

Glenn Weaver has been working in grassroots football for 30 years

As one of the founders of Broxbourne Ladies back in 1985, Glenn Weaver saw the club grow and develop over three decades, becoming Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in 1991. 

Rising to the position of Chairman and Development Officer, Glenn was always approachable, with his passion for Ladies football always clearly for everyone to see. 

Under his stewardship, the club grew to support three senior teams, a development side and teams at Under-17, 15, 14, 13, 11 and 10 levels. In his role as Chairman, Glenn was involved in every facet of running the club, from administration, attending meetings and even stepping-in to referee games when needed.

Joe Billington

Joe Billington (centre) has been involved in the grassroots game for 60 years

With 60 years involvement in grassroots football, Joe Billington has seen and done it all, as a player, Secretary, Treasury and Chairman. 

Displaying just as much passion and dedication for all the clubs he’s involved with, even six decades later, Joe sets an incredible example for everyone around him. 

Having spent most of the past 60 years juggling multiple administration roles, often for multiple clubs simultaneously, Joe has also spearheaded local campaigns to supply kit to under-privileged children in Africa, personally donating large amounts to help less well-off children enjoy The Beautiful Game.

Sharon Fellowes

Sharon Fellowes has dedicated the past 14 years to Leominster Minors FC

Sharon Fellowes has devoted the past 14 years of her life to improving the fortunes of Leominster Minors FC. Her efforts have seen the club’s senior and junior sections merge to create a club that the local community can be proud of. 

Through her hard work, the club has been awarded FA Charter status and now gone on to become a FA Charter Standard Community club. 

Sharon holds the honour of becoming the first ever female director at the Herefordshire FA and is also Vice Chair of the Herefordshire Girls Football League.

Stefan Hopewell

Stefan Hopewell is the Chairman and Secretary of Bilsthorpe FC

Stefan Hopewell is the Chairman and Secretary of Bilsthorpe FC and has over seen an incredible increase in players at the club since taking over in 2012.. 

Having only started with three teams, the club now proudly boasts 17 with over 150 children playing every week across a number of age groups. The Nottingham FA awarded Bilsthorpe FC Charter Standard Development status and a county award in 2014. 

Stefan undertakes a huge amount of roles at the club including helping the grounds man and serving tea on match days to coaching a number of the youth sides at the club.

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By FA Staff