FOOTBALL: Nominations are open for this year’s FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards. The awards celebrate the efforts of grassroots volunteers who go the extra mile in their local communities.

The FA spend about £1 million every week in supporting the grassroots game, catering for the 12.3 million players across
the country. 

McDonald’s are the longest-standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK, having worked with the four UK FAs for 18 years. Throughout this time, they have championed the work of volunteers who invest countless hours of time to deliver safe, fun football to children and young adults, regardless of age, gender or disability.

The awards are supported by football legends including Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Casey Stoney MBE, Martin Keown and Pat Jennings.

Sir Geoff, McDonald’s Fun Football ambassador and World Cup winner, said: “I’m always amazed each year at the stories I hear about these grassroots heroes and the dedication of individuals and groups across the UK who invest so much time into the game they love. 

“With awards for everyone from coaches to groundsman, if you know any local heroes make sure you nominate someone deserving.”

The awards include: Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Football Mum of the Year and Community Project of the Year. 

To nominate someone, go to Nominations close on May 11 and winners will be presented with their awards at Wembley Stadium.