Stoke-on-Trent grassroots football heroes could be nominated for FA awards


Bosses at Staffordshire Football Association are calling for unsung heroes of the game in Stoke-on-Trent to be nominated for awards.

The annual FA Community Awards aim to recognise and reward grassroots clubs, coaches and volunteers.

There are seven award categories, which cover a range of areas.

National award winners will be announced at The FA Community Shield held at Wembley Stadium in August.

The winners will be selected by a judging panel, including legends of the game such as 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst.

Robin Grey, spokesman for Kidsgrove Athletic football club, said: “Grassroots is the reason behind the club.

“From women’s, youth and first team football, the club ethos is about trying to bring the community of Kidsgrove into the club.

“And with the fantastic volunteers we have, it makes it possible.

“Often it can be difficult for volunteers. They put a lot of hard work in for no money and sometimes don’t get the praise they deserve.

“To credit them with awards and recognition reminds followers of grassroots football of what happens behind the scenes.”

Nominations for the awards, run by the FA and McDonalds, close on Thursday March 31 and can be done via The FA website.

(Pic: Bignall End football pitch – creative commons, by Jonathan Hutchins)



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