The search for grassroots heroes in Staffordshire has begun as the The FA and McDonald’s have today announced that nominations for the annual FA Community Awards are now open.

The Awards aim to recognise and reward grassroots clubs, coaches and volunteers across the country who keep the national game alive. Nominees can be from any walk of life and the Staffordshire County FA is calling on locals to nominate their unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond in the name of football.


The eight award categories are:

* People’s Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football)

* The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award

* The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award

* The FA Charter Standard Club Award

* The FA Charter Standard League Award

* Volunteer of the Year Award

* Young Volunteer of the Year Award



Nominations close on Thursday 31st March 2016 and national award winners will be announced at The FA Community Shield presented by McDonald’s 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 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst.

“The FA and McDonald’s Community Awards are an absolutely brilliant way to celebrate the selflessness of all those volunteers, clubs and leagues and the innumerable hours they put into supporting grassroots football,” said Football Development Manager, Kevin Staples . “Last year’s awards shone the spotlight on some incredible individuals and the work they do in Staffordshire, and I would encourage everyone involved in grassroots football to vote for someone who they think truly deserves an award. It would be great to see hundreds of nominations from Staffordshire, and perhaps even some national finalists.”


To learn more about the awards, find out about last year’s winners and nominate an individual club or league from your community, log onto or speak to County Communications Officer, Michelle Fatcher on 01785 256994, or via e-mail at