KLSC’s Philip Yates, centre, with Norfolk County FA chairman Michael Balham and former Norwich City player Darren Eadie.

FOOTBALL: A delayed presentation evening saw individuals and clubs from across West Norfolk honoured at the 2020 and 2021 Norfolk County FA Grassroots Volunteer Awards.

The occasion saw the formal announcement of Norfolk FA’s partnership with Norfolk and Waveney Mind. The mental health charity is Norfolk FA’s official charity partner for the next three seasons. 

The awards were hosted at The Space in Norwich, by county FA chief executive Matt Carpenter, football development officer Harry Diggens and special guest, Norwich City Hall of Famer and former Your Local Paper columnist Darren Eadie. 

A total of 58 awards were handed out in front of an audience of almost 150.

Among the winners from the west of the county were 2019/20 League of the Year the North West Norfolk League and 2020/21 League of the Year the Central & South Norfolk League, which has several West Norfolk teams involved.

The 2020/21 season Club of the Year was King’s Lynn Community FC and Volunteer of the Year, was Philip Yates, of the same club.

Norfolk FA long service awards were presented to Andrew Dix, of the North West Norfolk League, 10 years, and David Page, Heacham, 25 years.

The twin awards capped a magnificent couple of years for KLSC, who have achieved so much in the short time they have been running.

Club chairman Ian Prentice said Yates has been in and around grassroots football for more than 20 years and the award was great recognition of the hard work he had put in, coaching and managing teams.

The club currently runs a nursery squad, alongside 12 youth teams, three senior men’s sides, a ladies’ team and the Lynn Lionesses training programme. More than 300 young people and adults are engaging in local sport through the club.