Leicestershire & Rutland County FA have been shortlisted for a 2022 County FA Recognition Award

The Awards, which will be announced at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Thursday 15th September 2022, recognise and endorse the best projects, products and services delivered by County FAs over the past two seasons while sharing best practice and learnings from around the country.

A record breaking 235 submissions have been entered from the 50 County FAs operating across England, highlighting continuous improvements and showcasing how they are innovating to improve grassroots football and increase participation across all levels of the game.

The eleven categories which will be recognised at the awards were:

  • Brand Engagement
  • Coach Development
  • Digital Engagement
  • Employee Engagement
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Football Development
  • Insight & Data
  • Partnership
  • Special recognition
  • Women & Girls
  • Youth Engagement

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA has made the final shortlist for the Insight & Data award for its introduction of an online reporting form that allows sharing of data, where the reporter consents, with key partners for incidents of Discrimination. Through our partnership with Leicestershire Police, it has allowed us to dual investigate incidents of Discrimination, as well as collect a greater amount of data in a better format.

Kelly Ellis, Chief Executive, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA said: "This is a fantastic piece of innovation that combines both a great working partnership with Leicestershire Police and the use of modern technology. Together, they provide a greater ability to tackle Discrimination in football. I am delighted  to see  the project recognised by being shortlisted at the up-coming awards”

The FA’s Head of Operations for Grassroots Football, Tim Foster added:

“I’d like to congratulate Leicestershire & Rutland County FA in making the final shortlist for the Insight & data award and all of the other County FAs for their excellent submissions which are testament to their dedication and achievements over the past two seasons.

“The long-standing partnership between the FA and County FAs is a crucial part of our long-term strategy for grassroots football. The partnership is committed to serving those that participate and are involved in the game, and providing the leadership needed to ensure future generations continue to enjoy and benefit from our national game.

“We look forward to recognising and rewarding our County FAs at Wembley Stadium in September and thanking each and every one of them for the vital work they deliver across their local communities.”

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