Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards 2017

Hampshire FA would like to congratulate all winners who were presented with an award at the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards which took place on Saturday 3rd June at Southampton FC and is sponsored by the Saints Foundation.

Hampshire FA's fifth annual Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards sponsored by the Saints Foundation  was held at Southampton FC on Saturday 3rd June 2017 and was powered by AN4 Group. The Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards Ceremony aims to recognise volunteers within the county, the very lifeblood at the heart of our game for their commitment, dedication and efforts in ensuring the development, sustainability and progression of our beautiful game. The ceremony unites all award winners and is a showcase of the talented workforce who dedicate so much of their own time for others to enjoy the beautiful game. This year, Hampshire FA announced the winners for 13 different award categories in front of an audience of 260 people.

View the full album of photos from Photographer, Glen Jevon here.

The awards evening opened up with a string quartet from the City of Southampton Orchestra, performing a variety of music pieces as guests entered the venue from 6pm adding an air of elegance to the awards ceremony which was met with positive feedback. Additionally, both The FA Cup and The FA Community Shield made an appearance on the evening for guests and award winners to have their photo taken with the two prestigious trophies. As guests took their seat on the evening, Hampshire FA's sponsors of the grassroots football awards ceremony the Saints Foundation were introduced and followed with a welcoming speech made by the Saints Foundation Manager, Sam Fulling with a surprise announcement that each award winner would receive a pair of Southampton FC tickets for next season that gathered a roaring applause and a few gasps around the room.

View the full video below from South Coast Journalism or the highhlights here!

The Hampshire FA Grassroots Video was then showcased to a silent crowd who looked upon the impressive statistics achieved by the very people both in the room and external, combined with a dedicated workforce of volunteers and staff. All associate members both staff and volunteers were congratulated with a closing message as showcased on the video itself - that through their contributions and dedications to the grassroots game, we have united and made all of this possible.The Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards boasts 13 award categories with presentations and announcements made to 93 deserving indviduals/clubs/leagues winners.

Hampshire FA receives nominations from its Member Divisional Football Associations (DFAs) and Local Area Referees Committees (LARCs) on an annual basis for the Hampshire FA Service to Football Awards and Hampshire FA Referees' Service to Football Awards. These nominations are reviewed at the March meeting of Officers and DFAs. Congratulations to the following individuals: Alan Miles, Alan Paull, David Gould, Dennis Challis, Ian Shearer, Jenny Linford, Martin Norman, Mick Ryan, Mike Buxton, Robin Osborne and Terry Palmer. Congratulations also to Graham Swinfield and Roger Hatcher our two referees that were presented with awards for the Referees Service to Football Awards.

Following on from the presentations of these awards, the Hampshire FA Certificate of Commendations were presented to those individuals who have completed a further 10 years' service following the award of either a Hampshire FA Service to Football Award or Hampshire FA Referee Service to Football Award. Congratulations to the following individuals: Anthony White, Brian Ford, Clifford Platt, David Miller, Ian Birch, Ken Morris, Rodney Whale and Roger Allen.

The Hampshire FA Groundsman of the Year Awards sponsored by Fleet Line Markers then followed shortly after to four deserving individuals who ensure regardless of weatherly conditions that pitches are well maintained and prepared for training and matches. Congratulations to John Bird and Kevin Ratcliffe (joint 3rd place - Overton United FC), John Adams (2nd place - Fleetlands FC) and to our winner on the evening, David Thurman from West Wight FC.These awards are sponsored by Fleet Line Markers.

The Hampshire FA Respect Awards were also presented on the evening recognising one youth and one adult league in Hampshire that have strongly upheld the values of Respect in the county and for their hard work and excellence in implementing The FA Respect programme. Congratulations to the IOW Saturday Football League (adult league award) and the Testway Youth Football League (youth league award).

The Hampshire FA Charter Standard award winners are selected by the Hampshire FA Charter Standard Working Group based on club assessments conducted during the course of the season. These awards recognise those clubs who have achieved the highest standards over the course of the season. Congratulations to the following clubs who were presented with this award on the evening: North Warnborough Youth FC (Aldershot), Bournemouth (Bournemouth Youth Poppies FC), Ryde Saints Youth FC (IOW), Alresford Town Youth FC (North Hants), Sportstars Youth FC (Portsmouth), Southside AFC Youth (Southampton), Waterlooville Social Club (adult male club award) and Basingstoke Town Ladies FC (adult female club award).

Each year, the Hampshire FA Disciplinary Committee considers appropriate winners of the Hampshire FA Fair Play Awards. The Fair Play Awards take into account the number of teams in a club and the number of disciplinary points recorded during the season. They also invite feedback from our member leagues before reaching a decision on the winners. Congratulations to the following award winners that are flying the flag for Fair Play & Respect in the county: Rustwood FC (Aldershot - adult male), AFC Fiveways (Bournemouth - adult male), RAF Odiham Blades (North Hants - adult male), AFC Lovedean (Portsmouth - adult male), AFC Station (Southampton - adult male), Fleet Spurs Youth FC (Aldershot - youth male), Christchurch Youth FC (Bournemouth - youth male), Newport IW Youth FC (IOW - youth male), Whitchurch United Youth FC (North Hants - youth male), Travaux youth FC (Portsmouth - youth male), Romsey Town Youth FC (Southampton - youth male), St Francis Youth FC (county youth female award) and Bournemouth Electric (Sun) Ladies FC (county adult female award).

As the evening progressed, Hampshire FA recognised selected referees who were invited along to the evening to be presented with a Hampshire FA Referee Award. The Hampshire FA Referees Awards are decided by members of the Hampshire FA Referees Committee in conjunction with the CEO, Neil Cassar and the Hampshire FA Referee Development Manager. The refereeing programme in Hampshire this season is sponsored by the University of Portsmouth Department for Sport & Exercise Science. Congratulations to the following individuals: John Stonehouse, Nic Hucker, Alex Blake, Ian Smith, Chas Morrison and Chloe Ann-Anderson.  

As the evening progressed, we then welcomed presentations to two deserving clubs that received the Hampshire FA Inclusive Club of the Year Award and the Hampshire FA Walking Football Club of the Year Award. Congratulations to Eastleigh FC (Inclusive Club of the Year) and to Pompey in the Community Walking Football Club (Walking Football Club of the Year) on your achievements.

Hampshire FA was delighted to present the Southampton Solent University Group Project Awards and to highlight the fantastic and innovative Football Leadership Programme in partnership with Southampton Solent University which this season has also achieved a UEFA Bronze Award. The Football Leadership programme has had over 450 students delivering grassroots football projects countywide, all designed to sustain, grow and implement effective initiatives to support the grassroots game in Hampshire. Congratulations to Michele Pizzaballa, Ioannis Theodorou, Barra Mahony Schneider and Jake Whittle (Runners up - League Marketing & Communications Officers), Dimitar Totev, William Wallace, Connor Watts and Kyle Young (Runners up - Charter Standard Project - BTC Southampton) and congratulations to our winners from the Talent Identification Pathway group including Adam Thomas, Grant Smith, Isaac Clarke, Luke Bennet and Christopher Thorpe.

The FA McDonald's Community Awards were also presented on the evening. Nominations are invited for various categories before a panel from the county sit to consider the winners. The winners are then automatically nominated for the Regional Awards. Congratulations to the following award winners: Yateley United FC (FA Charter Standard Club Award), Braishfield Bees Youth FC (FA Charter Standard Development Club Award), Meon Valley Sunday Football League (FA Charter Standard Football League Award), Saints Foundation Pan-Disability Football League (Best Inclusive Project Award) Darryl Taylor (Coach of the Year), Tom Crowe (Young Volunteer of the Year) and lastly to Carly Kinsey (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football).

Football Futures is a rewards programme for young leaders aged 14-24 years. It aims to retain and train leaders through incentives and workshops across 6 themes to increase employability and career prospects. This year, the programme in Hampshire is sponsored by Southampton Solent University and at the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards, presentations were made to two deserving individuals for the outstanding young male leader award and outstanding young female leader award. Congratulations to George Gough and to Lisa Gilham our award winner this season for their fantastic contributions to the grassroots game in Hampshire.

We are delighted to announce that this season, Martin Sinclair, England and Team GB Cerebral Palsy Football Player and Saints Foundation SaintsAbility Development Officer, has been inducted into the national FA Hall of Fame. Although Martin was not present on the evening, a short video was presented on the evening of Martin accepting his award, presented to him by the Saints Foundation on behalf of Hampshire FA.

We ended with presentations for The FA 50 Years Long Service to Football Award. A highly prestigious award made to those grassroots heroes who have given an astonishing 50 years' service to the game. This season, we are honoured to make presentations to some very deserving people who have dedicated so much to our national game. They include: Alan Lipscombe, Alan Rosekilly, Arthur Saunders, Brian Biles, Brian Perrett, Colin Macey, Doug Perry, Geoff Smith, John Stonehouse, Keith Petty, Martin Bishop, Mike Fowler and to Owen Lightfoot.

On behalf of us all here at Hampshire FA we would like to thank everyone for their contributions and services to the game throughout the season - we are proud to have you represent our county and look forward to building on the successes and achievements with our dedicated workforce of volunteers, the very lifeblood at the heart of the beautiful game.

To see a list of our award winners and their individual biographies for the relevant award categories, please click on the attachment below.

The ceremony ended with a raffle and a wonderful array of prizes to raise money for the Hampshire FA Community Trust, the charity aligned to Hampshire FA that focuses on three key objectives including inclusion and cohesion, community coaching and disability football.

The Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards this year welcomed Robert Sean Casey, Exeter City FC's Club Poet who performed a few works on the evening with his latest work, a dedication to the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards specifically. Robert was a huge success and took the time to create a poem for the very people the event was hosted for.

In closing we would like to show our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following individuals and organisations:-

Saints Foundation - Sponsor of the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards & for providing the signed football and signed shirt for the raffle
Southampton FC & Halo Conferences and Events - our host venue for the Grassroots Football Awards
AN4 Group - Digital Signage company which powered the Grassroots Football Awards
Michael Kurn - Hampshire FA Media Ambassador & Presenter on the evening
Neil Hawkins - Our Compere on the evening
Glen Jevon - Hampshire FA Media Partner & Photographer on the evening
South Coast Journalism - Hampshire FA Media Partner & Videographers on the evening
Glenn Cockerill (our VIP Guest Speaker on the evening) and the Ex Saints in particular to Mike Thew
City of Southampton Orchestra - String Quartet that provided entertainment on the evening
Robert Sean Casey - Exeter City Club Poet and our Entertainer that closed the awards ceremony
A&A Business Supplies - supplying two printers on the evening for the raffle
PlayFootball Portsmouth - supplying 5x off-peak pitch bookings for the raffle
Phoenix Sporting Goods - providing a set of inflatable goals, footballs, cones and a ball bag for the raffle
DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton - meal for 2 and a free bottle of wine for the raffle
Go Ape Southampton - providing a voucher for x2 people for the adventure course
Typeface Group - free social photoshoot & social media support on the evening
Ultimate Strongman - providing 2x tickets to their event on Saturday 10th June
TaylorMade - providing the golf hats as prizes on the evening
AFC Bournemouth - for supplying AFC Bournemouth shirts as prizes for the raffle
Pompey in the Community - 2x tickets for a Portsmouth FC fixture
John Birt Associates Ltd - providing The FA Cup and The FA Community Shield & for the x2 guards on the evening.

Thank you to all of our award presenters on the evening including President of Hampshire FA - John Benfield, Facilities & Investment Manager at Hampshire FA - Sacha Nicholas, Finance Director at Hampshire FA - Steve Yeomans, Director of Hampshire FA's Development Committee - Nick Taplin, Chairman of Hampshire FA's Disciplinary Committee - Steve Vasey, Chairman of Hampshire FA Referees Committee - Paul Scoble, Saints Foundation Manager - Sam Fulling, Deputy Chairman of Hampshire FA - James Pearson, Chairman of Hampshire FA - Robin Osborne, Chairman of the Hampshire FA Community Trust - David Bennett, Head of Football Participation and Performance at Solent University - Richard Elliott, VIP Guest Speaker & Former Southampton FC Player - Glenn Cockerill, Children and Young People Football Development Officer - Rhea West and lastly The FA Representative, John Ward.

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