Suffolk FA Community Awards
These awards 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 League Award
- 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 national winners are chosen by a panel comprising of Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Geoff Hurst and sports journalists from the national press. The competition is sponsored by The FAs community partner McDonald's.
Suffolk FA Referee Awards
The awards aim to reward referees, highlight the good work they do, ensure those currently refereeing remain in the game, and encourage new talent to become referees.
The competition’s categories include:
- Outstanding Contribution to Refereeing
- The 18-25 Referee Award for Outstanding Performance and Contribution
- Women Referee Award for Outstanding Performance and Contribution in Refereeing
- Outstanding Contribution to Refereeing from a local Partner League involved within the National Referee Development Programme (NRDP)
- Outstanding Contribution to Refereeing within a Development Setting (must be over 18 years of age)
- Outstanding Contribution to Refereeing from volunteers (mentors, tutors, coaches and assessors)
There will be an online nomination process which will go live on Monday, November 5th. To learn more about the competition please click here
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 will receive vouchers to be spent at Mark Harrod, the Suffolk-based retailer of high-class sporting products which include goalposts, who currently sponsor the competition.
They will also be entered into The FAs 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 Community Awards 2013 Winners
Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award: John Pitts of Pakefield
The FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year Award: Bungay Town Youth
The FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year Award: Stowupland Falcons Youth
The FA Charter Standard Club of the Year Award: Elmswell Youth
The FA Charter Standard League Award: Suffolk Girls & Women’s League
Volunteer of the Year Award: Keith Hammond of Mendlesham
Young Volunteer of the Year Award: James Shiplee of Ditchingham
Coach of the Year Award: Nathan Dunnett (Ipswich Valley Rangers)