Recognising Local Grassroots Heroes
Hertfordshire FA Young Volunteer of the year
Thierry started out with Hemel Aces as a young player and has now gone full circle, now helping to develop the next generation. 16 year old Thierry has been volunteering over the past 3 years and has put in over 150 hours of his time on Saturday mornings, and some weekday evenings, over the past season. Thierry coaches the U6, U7 and U8 Soccer School, where he shows a natural rapport with the younger players, who engage with his enthusiastic approach to the coaching sessions.
About the Category: This category is a chance to reward the future of football within Hertfordshire, to recognize those people under the age of 25 that have shown commitment even some adults would shy from, especially when these volunteers are usually still playing themselves.
Hertfordshire fa coach of the year
Claire took on the job of helping to set up the girls division at Evergreen CFC in the summer of 2015, and now coach’s girls from the ages of 4 to 10 at the club. A parent of one Claire’s players said:
“As a parent I’ve stood at the sidelines and watched many coaches with a sole priority to win the match. Claire is not one of those coaches. Her priority first and foremost is to instil in all the girls, regardless of their ability, a love of sport. It is a joy to turn up to training every week and see so many girls wanting to run around and be part of a team... We need more girls in sport and we need more people like Claire to make it happen!”
About the Category: Coach’s skills are essential for teaching and developing players at every level of football and can never be underestimated. All coaches entered into this category gave their players the best opportunities to develop and achieve their maximum potential…and more importantly, inspired players to enjoy the game.
Hertfordshire FA Outstanding Contribution Award
...and national FA People's Award Nominee 2017 (Greater London Region)
Ted has served football - through a range of voluntary roles - unselfishly and enthusiastically for over 50 years. Ted currently serves as the Chairman of the Herts Senior County League and also president of Hatfield Town FC.
His dedication to provide football opportunities has meant that he’s been on the forefront of innovation in the game for a number of years. Ted helped to develop Inclusive (pan-disability) divisions of the HCSL, which is now in its 4th full season. In addition to the Inclusive League, Ted has also been at the sharp end of addressing adult participation in 11v11 football. Furthermore, Ted has helped to organise and develop the Herts AID Cup with local charity Herts Aid too – now in its 6th year - the Cup is an 11v11 adult men’s football tournament for BME groups in the county. The focus of the day is on exercise, health and wellbeing, sexual health awareness and diabetes.
About the Category: County and regional winners of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community Football’ category enter the ‘People’s Award’, which is voted for by the public and the winner is then announced at The FA Community Awards ceremony. This special award celebrates exceptional volunteering efforts and is voted for by the public.
Hertfordshire FA Best Inclusive Project
Hitchin Town Ability Counts
For countless years Jo Crouch and Julie Outram have supported the Hitchin Town FC Ability Counts team by applying for tournaments and driving players to the games and home again. The pair raised £2,000 last season to take the squad to Belfast to compete in the George Best Community Cup - a 70 team Disability Football tournament for clubs throughout the UK. The Ability Counts squad has over 30 players registered on their books with players of all abilities, from recovering alcoholics and the homeless, to players with Down syndrome and mental health issues. The trip to Belfast gave players new experience and challenges, giving them improved communication skills and a real sense of self-confidence.
About the Category: The Best Inclusive Project encourages participation for all, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sex. A wide range of projects were nominated in this category that championed inclusion agendas, and a significant positive impact on the local community…
hertfordshire FA Charter standard community club of the year
...+ FA CHARTER STANDARD CLUB OF THE YEAR FOR THE GREATER LONDON REGION!
Berkhamsted Raiders CFC
A UEFA award winning youth club, Berkhamsted Raiders CFC is a community organisation providing football for around 1,000 children in Berkhamsted and surrounding areas. Raiders’ philosophy is “Combining excellence in the community with excellence on the pitch” with no player prevented from joining the club on grounds of ability. Within the last year, Raiders have doubled the number of girls’ teams, launched a successful walking Football initiative and grown their services for Inclusive Football. Furthermore the club’s partnership with the local school, Ashlyns, on the Berkoastro 3G project is a model of a how a youth football club and a school can work together successfully for the benefit of the local community.
About the category: Community club status is the pinnacle of the Charter Standard award structure. Hertfordshire is home to some of the largest clubs in the county providing football for adults, girls, boys, futsal, disability football and links to schools and the wider community. These clubs provide the highest quality environment for young people to enjoy football.