The 2022 England Football and McDonald's Grassroots County Award Winners for Cumberland were announced earlier in the season.
The England Football and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards recognise and celebrate the people who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England, and to say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us all.
After receiving nominations from across Cumberland in the nine categories, an awards panel was brought together to select the county winners for each award.
Cumberland FA would once again like to extend our congratulations (and thanks) to the 2022 County FA Award Winners!
Everyone at Cumberland FA would also like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone for an award. Without the fantastic grassroots football volunteers in Cumberland there would be no opportunities for thousands to play each week across the county.
The growth of the Club now boasts more than 200 members from Under 6 to open age teams, including Veterans. Maryport Athletic are an inclusive Club welcoming all abilities to play the game in a fun and safe environment.
The volunteers work together to make a difference to those who are involved. With activities also organised off the football pitch to create a positive team environment, which also helps to improve the mental health of all participants.
Cumberland FA’s Daniel Key announced the Grassroots Club of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE CLUB OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
From being a parent on the side-line in the youth game to coaching the women’s team Eddie has now coached at Newlaithes for almost 15 years and his commitment to the club has been phenomenal.
Eddie’s dedication and encouragement to the team is well appreciated as every player is made to feel part of the club, they don't just come to play football, the team is like a family with everyone looking out for each other and without Eddie's management this wouldn't be possible.
Cumberland FA’s Helen Aitchison announced the Grassroots Coach (Adult) of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE ADULT COACH OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Peter goes above and beyond for the football club and is 110% committed to providing opportunities for the young players in the Club.
The children are provided with a safe and happy environment to play in, in no small part thanks to Peter’s devotion and commitment.
Cumberland FA’s Ray Sempill announced the Grassroots Coach (Youth) of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Caroline has been secretary of Calthwaite JFC for 12 years and during this time goes above and beyond to ensure that everything at the club runs smoothly.
The amount of hard work Caroline puts in behind the scenes cannot be underestimated and the support given to volunteers across the club to provide playing opportunities for local children is second to none.
Cumberland FA’s Craig Lewis announced the Volunteer of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Their commitment and dedication over the last 5/6 years to provide a fit for purpose facility for local adult and junior teams to use has been fantastic.
They have also raised in excess of £200,000 to refurbish the playing and changing facilities and provide ongoing support each year to maintain and keep the facilities to a high standard through the FA pitch Improvement Programme.
Cumberland FA’s Craig Lewis announced the Grounds Team of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE GROUNDS TEAM OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Still only 18 years old, Matthew has been promoted to a Level 4 referee.
Matthew is a dedicated and empathetic match official, demonstrating a maturity and confidence beyond his years. He earns Respect on the pitch and understands the modern game. As a junior footballer for nine years, Matthew understands and can share the feelings of others. In his spare time, he still supports and helps out with the grassroots club that he grew up with.
Matthew is reliable, has the right attitude, a dynamic spirit, and never takes things for granted taking all advice on board as he strives to be the best he can be.
Cumberland FA’s Scott Taylor announced the Rising Star of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE RISING STAR OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Cameron is a young referee who consistently performed throughout last season and has been a positive role model, providing support to less experienced and new match officials. He consistently helps both players & spectators to understand his match decisions during games.
This award is well deserved, Cameron is a credit to the Referee Team across Cumberland and we look forward to seeing his future progress.
Cumberland FA’s Scott Taylor announced the Match Official of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE MATCH OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
This project has enabled more than 50 men to develop and reignite their love of football, when they perhaps didn’t believe it would be possible.
At its beginning, as the name suggests, it was targeted at the larger gentlemen in the community. However, it became apparent that there were serious issues locally around poor mental health, and the Club opened the doors to other men who were struggling mentally.
Tubby FC took a simple idea and not just made it work, but made it thrive across the local community.
Cumberland FA’s Helen Aitchison announced the Project of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE PROJECT OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT
THE SPIRIT OF GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL AWARD – CRAIG BRISTOE (WHITEHAVEN AFC)
As a founder member of the Whitehaven AFC Pan Disability section, Craig has supported the Club as well as the County Youth Ability Counts fixture programme to provide regular training and playing opportunities for a number of years.
Following the sudden passing of fellow coach Darren Buchanan who trained the older age group, Craig vowed to continue the work Darren started and continue his legacy within both the local community and county wide.
The nomination was made as Craig has continued the previous fantastic efforts from Darren and has supported and nurtured the young players through this time. He should be extremely proud of himself as we know Darren would be of him.
Cumberland FA’s Ray Sempill announced the Project of the Year Award. Watch it HERE on our YouTube channel.
WATCH THE SPIRIT OF GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT
The Quality Of The Nominations Was So Great, That There Were A Number Of Nominees Shortlisted Who We Feel Deserve Recognition For Their Work And Dedication In The Grassroots Game And Have Been Given A Highly Commended Award.
Congratulations and thank you to the nominees who were given the Highly Commended Award:
GRASSROOTS CLUB OF THE YEAR
GRASSROOTS (YOUTH) COACH OF THE YEAR
Megan Hay - Seaton FC
Steven Stoddart - Maryport Athletic JFC
Chris Kolek - Penrith AFC
Gareth McCarron - Cleator Moor Celtic JFC
Katie Adams - Gillford Park JFC
Lee Coan - Whitehaven Miners JFC
Terry Warrior - Senhouse Juniors
GRASSROOTS (ADULT) COACH OF THE YEAR
Duncan Adams - Inter Pirelli FC
GRASSROOTS MATCH OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
GRASSROOTS PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Gillford Park Wildcats
GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Martin Denovellis - Carlisle City FC
Steffanie Nixon - Warwick Wanderers JFC
Justin Beattie - Seaton FC and West Cumbria Youth League
Nigel Goddard - Cumberland Walking Football League
Kyle Dixon - Non-League Cumbria
Amy Hickson - Carlisle Reivers JFC
Martin & Linda Perry - Volunteer Photographers
GROUNDS TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Ben Welsh - Langwathby United FC
Malcolm Allison and Tony Penn - Workington Reds Juniors
Martin Thwaites - Keswick AFC
Abbeytown JFC Grounds Volunteers
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jayden Booty - Maryport Athletic
Will Heywood - Referee and Grassroots Volunteer
THE SPIRIT OF GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL AWARD
Joshua Allen - Carlisle Reivers Inclusive Football
Gary McKee - The Marathon Man
The England Football Grassroots Awards 2023
Now is the time to nominate for your 2023 winners! The nomination window for the England Football Grassroots Awards 2023 is now OPEN!
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