Posted By : David Winterburn, League Secretary
The 2017 Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s and the UK’s four home nation football associations, are now open for nominations. The awards recognise and celebrate grassroots volunteers across the UK who make a real difference to their communities.
McDonald’s is the longest standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK and continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability.
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; “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.”
McDonald’s is a long term partner of the FA during which time thousands of grassroots clubs have benefitted. This support has encapsulated all facets of keeping the beautiful game going, from training football coaches and running community football days, to equipping the UK’s 5000+ FA accredited football clubs with brand new kit annually, and is on track to donate its 250,000th kit this year.
The awards have eight categories including the People’s Award, which is voted for the by the public, and have two awards new for 2017 – Coach of the Year and Best Inclusive Programme.
Nominations for The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, are now open. To nominate a grassroots football club or volunteer go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards
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