Alex Brooker and Martin Keown lead the call for nominations, urging communities to honour their local heroes.
The 2017 Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s are now open for nominations. The awards recognise and celebrate grassroots volunteers across the UK who make a real difference in their communities.
There are eight categories for this year’s FA Community Awards including two new awards for Coach of the Year and Best Inclusive Project Award. The categories for this year 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 go to TheFA.com/CommunityAwards
McDonald’s Head of English Football Martin Keown is calling on local communities across the UK to nominate those grassroots heroes who have made a real impact; “McDonald’s has been playing an active role in supporting grassroots football for fifteen consecutive years. Being involved in the McDonald’s Community Awards once again has allowed me to see the continued efforts of thousands of unsung heroes that go into making sure young players of all ages, genders and abilities reach their potential.”
The former Arsenal and England defender said: “Anyone can be nominated for an award; from coaches and caretakers to club secretaries and fund raisers, anyone whose selflessness and commitment allows children to enjoy grassroots football in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment and without discrimination.”
TV personality and football fan Alex Brooker has backed the 2017 McDonald’s grassroots programme, saying: “Disability is about what you can do, not about what you can’t do. I’ve witnessed first-hand the achievements of disabled athletes. With support, dedication and training some amazing things can happen.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of sustaining and developing grassroots clubs and the Community Awards recognise the vital contribution they make, giving their time and dedication for the love of the sport. Football brings people together, it allows kids to have fun, be social, make new friends and get active.”
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.”
The National winners will be chosen by a National Award judging panel featuring 1966 World Cup winner and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst.