Tractor on Grass Pitch at Stoneham Lane Football Complex


Hampshire FA
Entries are now welcome for the Hampshire FA Grounds Team of the Year Awards, sponsored by Fleet Line Markers.

Together with our partners at Fleet Line Markers, clubs at step 7 or below are invited to enter their facility to be judged by a local panel of experts who will determine awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

The team of grounds professionals will individually judge each pitch before determining the winners who will be invited and awarded at Hampshire FA’s Grassroots Football Awards ceremony sponsored by Havant & East Hants Mind which this year will take place at the Hilton, Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Saturday 15th July 2023. 

This award is open to grounds teams/individuals who maintain pitches for clubs at step 7 or below only, celebrating the unsung heroes of grassroots football, who despite all weather conditions are out in force, to ensure the pitches are safe and well-maintained for training and match days. Grounds teams (or individuals) up
and down the country facilitate matches for around 90,000 teams and it is only right that they are rewarded or at the very least, recognised, and celebrated for their tremendous efforts.

Recognise our unsung heroes, be it an individual, or a team who are absolutely core to the game and are deserving of reward and recognition by contacting our Facilities & Investment Officer, Charlotte Langley-Brown.

Please aim to provide the following details to help speed up the process of your nomination:

·      Name(s) of grounds team (or individuals):

·      Name and address of your club:

·      Contact details of nominated grounds team (or individuals):

·      Reasons why you have nominated them:

·      Pictures of the pitch:

·      Contact details for your club secretary:

Nominations are open from midnight on 16th January 2023 and will close at midnight on Monday 6th February 2023.  

Following nominations, clubs will be shortlisted and visited by the judging panel (visits will aim to take by the end of February 2023) who will assess each nominee by set criteria, taking into consideration the club’s resources, equipment, budget, pitch usage, and unique challenges. The successful grounds teams/individuals will then be contacted and invited to attend the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards ceremony at the Hilton, Ageas Bowl, Southampton where they will be presented with a certificate of their achievements. Two complimentary tickets are provided to all winners.

An additional presentation ceremony will be conducted on a separate day (clubs will be contacted once arranged) and after the Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards. Winners will receive follow-up communication and be invited to be presented with their prizes which will include Super C paint for 3rd place, a Blinder for 2nd place, and a line marking machine and Super C paint for the 1st place winner.

Be a Hero, nominate a Grounds Team today.