Chris Pringle aims to see volunteers recognised in Cambs FA Grassroots Football Awards
Nominations open in 12 categories for county honours
Chris Pringle is urging the Cambridgeshire football community to get out in force to recognise grassroots volunteers.
Nominations have been opened for the 2018 McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards, and Cambs FA are looking to make sure that as many worthy candidates are put forward for the county gongs as possible.
There are 12 categories, which aim to highlight the work of leagues, clubs, volunteers and community projects.
“The Grassroots Football Awards are vital in providing that all important thank you to our army of grassroots volunteers,” said Cambs FA chief executive Pringle.
“It is true to say that without volunteers, grassroots football would not operate on the scale it does today – in Cambridgeshire alone we have just under 1,100 teams, ranging from under-sixes in mini soccer right the way through to veterans.
“Behind each of these teams are the coaches, managers, fundraisers, committee members, not to mention the Respect officers, Charter Standard coordinators and club welfare officers all of whom are helping to ensure that the experience of everyone involved is as good as it can be.
“We have seen the positive impact that these awards can have on our clubs and volunteers.”
Pringle highlighted two of last year’s winners.
Cottenham United Colts were development club of the year, and have built on their success to form two girls teams and deliver FA Wildcats Centres for girls aged five to 11.
“This enabled them to also pick up a regional award for best inclusive project,” said Pringle. “David Burkett was thrilled to see his club recognised in this way, and saw this as a catalyst for future success for the club.
“Last year’s winner of the outstanding contribution to football award epitomised all that is good about our long-serving volunteers.
“Tom Ginty, who has been secretary of Fowlmere for almost 60 years, is a real unsung hero who deserved to be recognised for a lifetime of invaluable commitment to his club.
“Tom was visibly moved to win the award, and was so grateful for the work he has put in over so many years to be recognised.
“Hopefully the impact from both Cottenham and Tom Ginty will spark others into action to nominate similar outstanding work by our volunteers.”
Entries close on June 13, and to make a nomination visit thefa.com/mcdonaldsgrassrootsawards