The FA & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards 2021

The FA & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards: Local Winners Announced

Hampshire FA have put forward the following nominations for The FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards

Credit to the incredible dedication of Hampshire’s grassroots football community, we have been overwhelmed with extraordinary nominations for The FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.

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.

In May 2021, the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards Panel reviewed all nominations made for individuals and organisations in Hampshire. Congratulations to the following nominees who were selected as Hampshire FA’s ‘local winners’ and put forward to be judged by The FA for the national FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards:

Category Local Winner
Coach of the Year for Adults
Tara Dugdale (Pace Women)
Coach of the Year for Youth
Aaron Rattan (AFC Stoneham Youth)
Club of the Year
Tadley Statin Strollers Walking FC
League of the Year
Testway Youth Football League
Match Official of the Year
Rhiannon Stevens
Volunteer of the Year
Mike Ashley (Warsash Wasps Sports & Football Club Youth)
Grounds Team of the Year
Steve Berry (East Christchurch Sports & Social Club FC)
Project of the Year
Southampton RTC Youth
Rising Star of the Year
Caitlin Morris (AFC Stoneham)
The Spirit of Grassroots Football Award
Hawley FC


Hampshire FA CEO, Neil Cassar, said: “A great number of well deserving nominations were received. This is a huge credit to the grassroots football community across Hampshire and the support that our volunteers, clubs, leagues, referees, coaches, players and others have provided to each other throughout an extremely challenging period. With grassroots football put on hold for many months, we have all had to adapt and find new ways to keep our communities safe and active. Congratulations to our local winners, who epitomise these efforts. I would also like to extend wider congratulations to all of the unsung heroes across the county, including the many nominees that were unfortunate to not be selected as our local winners, for the astonishing support and positivity that you have contributed to our communities throughout the pandemic.”

The local winners will be judged by The FA in June and they will then select their national winners. All at Hampshire FA wish our local winners the best of luck throughout this process!

Regardless of the outcome of The FA’s judging, Hampshire FA will be recognising and celebrating all local winners at the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards ceremony on 31st July 2021.