LRCFA win at the County FA recognition awards

The Female Football Series landed an award in the Women & Girls category

Leicestershire & Rutland County Football Association along with Birmingham County Football Association and Staffordshire FA has landed the Women & Girls award at the 2020 County FA Recognition Awards for its Female Football Series.

The Awards, which were hosted online for the first time due to Covid-19 restrictions, recognise and endorse the best projects, products and services launched by County FAs over the past season while sharing best practice and learnings from around the country.

Over 125 submissions were entered from the 50 County FAs operating across England, highlighting continuous improvements and showcasing how they are innovating to improve football and increase participation across all levels of the game.

The ten categories recognised at the awards were:

  • Brand Engagement
  • Digital Engagement
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Football Development
  • Insight & Data
  • Partnership
  • Women & Girls
  • Respect
  • Youth Council
  • Special Recognition.

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA, along with the Staffordshire FA and Birmingham FA, was handed the Women & Girls award for our collaborative project, Female Football Series, which is focused on females with disabilities. The judges felt it was a strong football development programme that delivers outcomes against a challenging area of work, with County FAs and club community organisations effectively working together. 

Kelly Ellis, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Chief Executive Officer said: "What a fantastic achievement and demonstration of collaborative working. The series provides an opportunity for females with disabilities to not only play but to excel. I’m delighted that this project has been rightly recognised.” 


The FA’s Director of Football Development, James Kendall added:

“It gives us great pleasure to recognise and reward our County FAs for the vital work they continue to deliver across their local communities, and I want to thank each and every one of them for the resilience and leadership they have shown over the course of the year.

"In what has been an unprecedented year of challenges, we now have the highest number of males playing affiliated football recorded to date, and we have delivered on our collective ambition to double participation in the female game. This is testament to the hard work of all our County FAs and everyone should be congratulated for these achievements.”