Community Awards

There are many people who make a real difference to grassroots football by giving their time to run the game.

Suffolk FA Community Awards

These awards, which awards are sponsored by The FA's community partner McDonald's, aim to recognise and reward the unsung heroes of grassroots football in communities across England.

Here are the categories for people to make their nominations:

  • Outstanding Contribution Award (voted for the public at national level)
  • The FA Charter Standard Community Award
  • The FA Charter Standard Development Award
  • The FA Charter Standard Club Award
  • The FA Charter Standard League Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Young volunteer of the Year Award
  • Coach of the Year Award

The winners of the Suffolk FA Community Awards are then entered into an Eastern Region heat and the winners of these awards are then put forward for The FA's Community Awards.

The 2013 Coach of the Year winner, Nathan Dunnett of Ipswich Valley Rangers FC, is pictured above receiving his award from Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. .

Suffolk FA Community Awards 2014 Winners

Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award: Dave McGregor (Coplestonians FC)

The FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year Award: Sporting 87

The FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year Award: Stowupland Falcons Youth 

The FA Charter Standard Club of the Year Award: Halesworth

The FA Charter Standard League Award: Norfolk & Suffolk Youth League 

Volunteer of the Year Award: John Barker (Leiston St Margarets FC) 

Young Volunteer of the Year Award: Cameron Brown (Sporting 87 FC)

Coach of the Year Award: Steve Chester (Cornard Utd FC Under-18s) 


Groundsman of the Year

This award honours the contribution made by groundsmen from clubs from across Suffolk at Step 7 level or below.

The winner, runner-up and third-placed clubs will receive vouchers to be spent at Mark Harrod Ltd, the Suffolk-based retailer of high-class sporting products which include goal posts, who currently sponsor the competition.

They will also be entered into The FA's national competition where the winners of each category will attend a 'winners day' at Wembley.

The prizes include:

  • A tour of Wembley
  • A pitch walk led by the ground staff
  • A Q&A session with the head groundsmen at Wembley and St George's Park, England's multi-million pound state-of-the-art training complex
  • A trophy presentation ceremony

Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year 2014 winners

Michael Brundish (Old Newton Utd FC)

Runner-up: Bryan Symonds (Bacton Utd FC)

Third place: Brian Willsher (East Bergholt Utd FC)

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