Nominations for The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards have drawn to a close with almost 100 submitted to Cumberland FA in 2020.
For over 10 years, the awards have recognised and celebrated leagues, clubs, coaches, players, match officials and volunteers that go over and above when it comes to football in their local community.
County FA's across the country have received 4,761 nominations in 2020, which is a record number and represents a 14% increase from the total in 2019, and are now in the process of selecting regional winners in the following categories:
• Grassroots Coach of the Year (Adult Team);
• Grassroots Coach of the Year (Youth Team);
• Project of the Year;
• Rising Star of the Year;
• Grassroots Volunteer of the Year;
• Grassroots Match Official of the Year;
• Grassroots Club of the Year;
• Grounds Team of the Year;
• We Only Do Positive Respect Award.
Cumberland FA are currently working on the shortlist with the 'County Panel' meeting soon to decide the County Winner. Regional winners will be announced from 23 June 2020 and go on to be considered for both a national version of their award and the prestigious Bobby Moore award by a bespoke panel on 2 July 2020.
Ben Snowdon Cumberland CEO, said: “We recognise that in these difficult and challenging times there are people who have been heavily impacted by Coronavirus and may well have lost family and friends. Therefore, first and foremost, our thoughts go out to these people and those who may well, unfortunately, be effected similarly in weeks to come.
The last few months have been a struggle as some of the fundamental things that we have taken for granted have, in many cases, been taken from us or changed dramatically.
This has left many people, understandably, feeling isolated, anxious and often a little down on occasions.
Like all other aspects of our lives at this unfamiliar time, the 2019/20 was obviously an extraordinary season, particularly in light of the enforced conclusion of the season, following the lockdown measures put in place by our Government to deal with this pandemic.
However it was also another extraordinary season in terms of the continued work, commitment and efforts of many clubs and individuals within the grassroots game and this was demonstrated in the quality of the applications we received.
These awards can only recognise a small proportion of worthy recipients, and despite the current circumstances, we feel that it is important we still acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond for the game within Cumberland.
We hope that the accolades bestowed upon those selected will not only express our gratitude but may also allow some much needed optimism for the future and remind people that the Nations Game will return at some point if we continue to follow the guidance and work together as a football family.”
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate. We will be in touch with the Award Winners in due course!