FA Grassroots Football Awards Winners

The FA and McDonalds Grassroots Football Awards

We’re delighted to announce the winners of each category!

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. It’s our way to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul into the grassroots game across England – and say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who inspire us all.

To announce the winners of each category, we’ve enlisted members of Everton Women for help, and they've kindly sent us some announcement videos which we will use to reveal all the winners across the next few weeks.


Club of the Year - Formby Community FC

Why our panel selected Formby Community FC: “The club provide opportunities for male and female players aged 4-84yrs to play the game, organising medication and food collections/drop offs for the vulnerable shielding Formby residents during lockdown, the Club have fully embraced the ethos of the Awards.”

Click here to see Grace Clinton announcing the award.

Formby FC

Adult Coach of the Year – Jolene Murray

Why our panel selected Jolene: "Player/Coach Jolene has committed herself to developing the players from both Alder’s women’s 11v11 teams, accommodating all abilities and ensuring that they all have fun. The players love Jolene, she’s there for them both on and off the pitch."

Click here to see Willie Kirk announcing the award.

Jolene Murray

League of the Year - LCFA Girls & Open Age League

Why our panel selected the LCFA Girls & Open Age League: "The first ever girls and womens league established in Merseyside, the League are committed to continually developing opportunities for girls and women to play football. During the most unprecedented season we have faced in football, the League continued to deliver 7 divisions and developed their first ever U18s Division and introduced two ability banded Women’s divisions, keeping girls and women in the game." 

Click here to see Gabby George announcing the award. 

Project of the Year – Newton le Willows

Why our panel selected the Newton le Willows: "The project delivered by the club has seen a huge increase in the number of girls and boys playing football in the community. The club’s commitment in providing opportunities for children to begin playing the game and also providing their parents and visitors with a venue to mix."

Click here to see Izzy Christiansen announcing the award. 

Newton Le Willows

Rising Star of the Year - Daniel Shields

Why our panel selected Daniel: "To give up his time, and commuting from the City Centre at 21 to coach the U10 is brilliant, especially as lots of them are new to football, fully embracing the FA policy of football for all. Liverpool FA are very lucky to have him in our County."

Click here to see Megan Finnigan announcing the award. 

Youth Coach of the Year – Neil Antrobus

Why our panel selected Neil: "His dedication and enthusiasm in developing children and giving them the opportunity to play shone through his nomination. Building their confidence on and off the pitch, keeping that-homerits up during Covid by organising at home training programmes all while raising money for the Club, Liverpool FA are lucky to have him as one of our coaches."

Click here to see Danielle Turner announcing the award.

Neil Antrobus

Match Official of the Year – Kristian Silcock

Why our panel selected Kristian: "Kristian realised the impact Covid and lockdowns would have on officials and was proactive and innovative in how he could support them. Setting up fitness programmes, support groups and personally be on hand for anyone who needed support, Kristian has on above and beyond his role as a Match Official. Putting others before himself, he fully deserves this award and we’re proud he is one of our officials."

Click here to see Nicoline Sørensen announcing the award.


Volunteer of the Year – Derek Morgan

Why our panel selected Derek: "Reading the nomination shows how much Derek has given not only to the girls league, but also as a Ref, and supporting the Bootle Referee Society and the LCFA County Cup Committee. Again Liverpool FA are fortunate to have a selfless Volunteer who has dedicated so much of his time for players, refs and the game."

Click here to see Simone Magill announcing the award. 

The Spirit of Grassroots Football Award – Stephen Hunt

Why our panel selected Ste: "We are delighted Ste has won this prestigious accolade for his tireless work as a coach in disability football. Having a disability himself, Ste is a role model and inspiration to his players and to us all. His never say die attitude, enthusiasm, dedication, and ability to give his players a voice is admirable and Liverpool FA are extremely fortunate to have him as one of our coaches."

Click here to watch Danielle Turner announcing the award.