2016 FA Community Awards Winners Announced

The Leicestershire & Rutland County FA announced the winners of the local FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, exclusively on social media on Wednesday 25 May.

The FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s aim to recognise and reward people across the country that make a difference to grassroots football in their local community – the people who dedicate their time to developing tomorrow’s young talent and help ensure safety and best practice in tens of thousands of clubs up and down the country.

The winners are awarded at local, regional and national level. Leicestershire & Rutland’s very own Paul Gibson has been nominated for the FA People’s Award and will attend the National FA Community Awards Ceremony at Wembley Stadium. This was all after Paul was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football from the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA. You can vote for Paul to win the FA People's Award by CLICKING HERE.

The winners of each award, along with details of their work in grassroots football across the county, are listed below:

Charter Standard Community Club of the Year
Desford FC

The club has formed partnerships with local schools where they deliver after school sessions, meaning budding young footballers have the chance to get involved in the game at an early stage and with their local club. Desford FC have recently introduced a ‘Vets’ team and its girls section is rapidly expanding.

Charter Standard Development Club of the Year
Kingsway Rangers JFC

Over the last few seasons the size of the club has nearly doubled to 14 teams, this matches the club ethos of developing young players and increasing participation. The club encourages coaches to obtain coaching qualifications whilst it’s work in the community includes free sessions to local youngsters who some then go on to join a team, thus ensuring even more players are getting involved.

Charter Standard League of the Year
Leicester & District Sunday Juniors

The Leicester & District Sunday League caters for over 200 clubs aged from Under-12 to Under-15. Being a Charter Standard League means it provides a high-quality, safe and enjoyable experience for all its players and clubs.

Outstanding Contribution to Community Football
Paul Gibson, AFC Andrews

Paul has volunteered in football for over 35 years, he has experience working with a number of clubs across the county. He has worked in junior football and helped set up Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive FC, which helps to ensure disabled footballers are able to engage within this game.

Volunteer of the Year
Pradip Dullabh, Leicester Bharat FC

Pradip founded Leicester Bharat FC in 1996, the club now boasts 17 teams and this couldn’t have happened without his hard work. At different times over the past 20 years, Pradip has assumed the roles of club secretary, coach and manager.

Young Volunteer of the Year
Kim Yates, Leicester City Ladies FC

17-year-old Kim Yates has been instrumental in setting up the club’s under 12’s, 10’s and mini soccer sides. She uses her spare time to coach girls at local schools who before didn’t have a team and now can be inspired to engage in the sport.

Charter Standard Club of the Year
Community Football Academy

CFA are a growing club which offer football provision for male and female, youth and adult football. The club are Charter Standard which means they are well-run, sustainable and have their members best interests at heart. The club currently have 10 teams including three adult teams and one girl’s side.

The Leicestershire & Rultand County FA would like to congratulate all winners and thank all of those who put forward their nominations.

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