2017 North Riding Grassroots Heroes Named

Eight local grassroots champions from across North Riding have been named as this year’s winners of The North Riding FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.

Throughout February people have been nominating their grassroots heroes within the county, from individual volunteers to clubs with a fantastic response.

Following the seven-week nomination period a judging panel, made up of local county FA representatives, selected this year’s winners for their invaluable commitment to the grassroots game.

This year’s North Riding winners include:

• Melanie Walshaw (Poppleton JFC) - People’s Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football)

• Kader FC - The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award

T.I.B.S. - The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award

Bishopthorpe White Rose - The FA Charter Standard Club Award

York Minster Engineering Football League - The FA Charter Standard League Award

Alan Formby-Jackson - The FA Coach of the Year Award

Sophie Bowers (Skelton United FC) - The FA Young Volunteer of the Year Award

TS1 Tees Valley Sport Men’s BAME League - Best Inclusive Programme

Steven Wade, County Development Manager at North Riding FA said: “We are fortunate to have so many fantastic clubs and volunteers who help us strive towards providing better and more footballing opportunities for young players.

“We know how much work goes into football on a weekly basis and The FA Community Awards supported by McDonald’s allow us to say thank you to those who dedicate so much time to the game across the county. We wish them all the best for the next stage of the awards and hopefully they can go all the way and pick up a national award later in the year.”

McDonald’s has been a Community Partner with The FA for 15 years, during which time thousands of clubs have benefitted from this partnership. During this year of the partnership, McDonald’s will donate their 250,000th kit to an accredited club across the UK.

The eight county winners have now been shortlisted for a regional award and you can keep up to date on the awards and with how they get on at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay

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