Football Hero Shortlisted for National FA Award

Ben Mills, Glossop North End Juniors AFC, has been named the winner of the East Midlands & East Regions Coach of the Year category in the 2017 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

Thanks to winning the East Midlands and East Regions award, Ben Mills is now in the running to win a National Award at The FA and McDonald’s Community Awards national ceremony, which will be attended by legends of the game, including World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst, at Wembley on Sunday 6th August.

Ben Mills will be collecting his County & Regional Coach of the Year awards at the Derbyshire County FA Awards evening on Friday 28th July, which is being held at The Derbyshire Hotel.

The Winner’s Story – Ben Mills

Ben is a coach who leads by example. He sits as Co-Chair of our Football Development Committee and acts a Mentor to our U10-U13 age groups, consisting of 9 teams. Ben delivers elements of the Club’s Mission statement and coaching philosophy in every training session. They are always well planned and delivered, encouraging creative and imaginative football. The sessions are undertaken in six week blocks, working on various themes, all inspired by the FA “4 Corners Model”, best practice and FA LCC. Ben sticks to these philosophies and the results for his teams have borne fruit. He is a superb communicator and motivator, mixing fun and development to create success for his players and teams. His strap line is #bethebestyoucanbe encouraging players to play at the highest level they can, internally or externally.

Ben manages our U12 age group and coaches our U9 Girls alongside Dave Rowlinson. Ben introduced “Futsal Friday” in 2016, which was a new initiative at U10-U12 age groups every Friday night. Consisting of training initially and utilising the skills of a former Glossop Junior who plays for Manchester Futsal, the sessions have increased in popularity, with 18-20 attending weekly. Ben travels back from London every Friday straight to these sessions. This group of boys have since played a number of professional futsal teams and the results have been spectacular.

Ben is unbelievably committed to Glossop Juniors, he sits on our committee and is the club’s PR coordinator overseeing social media usage, website submissions and newspaper reports. Ben also undertook a sponsored walk with his U12 team, raising over £1,000 for Glossop North End Juniors AFC and £600 for Reuben’s Retreat. Ben is also a huge advocate of the coaches personal development, backed up with him personally completing all three FA Youth Modules and his FA Level 2 from 2015-2017.Glossop North End Juniors AFC Chairman, Dave Rowlinson.

Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Director of Football, said: “The FA and McDonald’s Community Football Awards give all of the selfless grassroots heroes across the UK the praise that they deserve. Volunteers like Ben Mills dedicate countless hours to supporting the local community and ensure hundreds of children can enjoy the national game. I would like to thank Ben Mills for all his hard work and I wish him all the best of luck for the national award.”  

Liam Rooney, Derbyshire County FA Football Development Manager, “It is fantastic that Ben has gone through to represent Derbyshire County FA as a Regional winner in the National awards shortlist. It is a great honour to have been named as a regional winner and we couldn’t be more proud of Ben. Derbyshire County FA and Glossop North End Juniors AFC fully appreciates the commitment which Ben gives to coaching the children in Glossop week in week out and also his overall dedication towards helping football development across Derbyshire. We wish Ben all the best at the National awards stage.”