FA McDonald's Community Award Winners announced


Cheshire grassroots heroes named winners of 2017 FA McDonald's Community Awards.

Eight local grassroots champions from across Cheshire have been named as this year's county winners of The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald's.

Since February people have been nominating their grassroots heroes within the county, from individual volunteers to clubs and leagues, and the response has been fantastic.

The eight, who have been recognised for their commitment to grassroots football, were selected as winners by a panel of County FA representatives made up of staff, board members and three previous winners from 2016.

This year's Cheshire FA winners are:

• Outstanding Contribution to Community Football - Paul Graham (Chester & Wirral Football League)

• The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award - Upton JFC (Chester)

• The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award - Ashville Youth FC

• The FA Charter Standard Club Award - Timperley FC

• The FA Charter Standard League Award - Wallasey Junior Football League

• Best Inclusive Project Award - Egerton FC Down Syndrome Group 

• Coach of the Year Award - Wesley Ratcliff (Benchill Celtic)

• Young Volunteer of the Year Award - James Gill (Cheshire Football League)

Steve Stewart, Cheshire FA Chief Executive Officer said: "There is no doubt that the quantity and quality of our award winners this year, is a brilliant reflection of the astounding work that is being carried out by volunteers and clubs – male and female – young and old - across Cheshire.

"The very exacting nature of the criteria in all of the categories, meant that we were able to see and read about the way our 'Football People' are prepared to sacrifice their own time and energies for the benefit of others in their work. Truly – at first hand – they are 'changing people's lives through football'.

"Most of what we examined made the decision making process extremely difficult – and at the same time – very humbling. It makes us so proud that such talent and expertise exists right here in Cheshire. Some of the nominations that didn’t pick up a first prize were incredible in their impact and merit – and we can only thank and encourage those that were not winners to continue their great work and come back stronger! We are confident that some of our winners will be strong candidates for Regional and National recognition as well."

McDonald's has been a Community Partner with The FA for 13 years, during which time thousands of clubs have benefitted from this partnership. Working with The FA for the next four years, McDonald's will be giving over 4,500 FA Charter Standard clubs with a junior team, the opportunity to order a brand new strip each season until 2018.

The eight county winners have now been shortlisted for a regional award and you can keep up to date on the awards and with how they get on at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay

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