Cornwall FA Community Awards 2017

Fantastic Evening Celebrating Grassroots Volunteers

Money in football has always been a contentious talking point. But while the modern game is full of high earning professionals, often the true spirit of grassroots football goes unnoticed.

That’s why the Cornwall FA hosts its community awards annually - to celebrate the hard work and effort of unpaid volunteers whose skills range from youth coaching to grounds keeping.

This year, things were done a bit differently. Held at the Alverton Hotel in Truro, and working alongside Falmouth University, each award was presented alongside a short film piece for each nominee, showcasing the work the nominees had done throughout the season.

It was the first time the event had been held in such a way. Cornwall FA’s Richard Pallot said: “The feedback from The FA attendees, National Game Board Chairman Mervyn Leggett, and Senior Regional Manager Chad Ehlertsen, who travelled from Birmingham and Wembley was especially pleasing as no other county has ever really done what we did.”

“Both said it was the best County awards evening they had been to which was fantastic to hear,” he said.

The first prize of the night went to St Agnes’ Charlotte Collier, picking up the ‘Young Volunteer’ award for her girls coaching work at and outside of the club.

“It’s the kids that make it,” Charlotte told Falmouth University. “Seeing them be inspired by your actions and your roles is really motivating.” She sees herself aiming for America in the future.

One of the most prestigious awards of the night, ‘Coach of the Year,’ was won by St Day’s Martyn Daughtery. His personal achievements include setting up a brand-new goal-keeping academy and travelling to Germany alongside his under 15s side.

As well as individual achievements, the ceremony hailed certain projects aimed at raising the scale of participation within grassroots football in Cornwall. The ‘Best Inclusive Project’ award was picked up by St Agnes FC, whose efforts for women and girls football has hit new heights this past season.

The ceremony also celebrated the work of those who had given much of their lives to the sport they love. Winning ‘Outstanding Services to Cornish Football’ was Peter Thorne, who has spent the best part of 35 years at Wendron FC. Joining him was 91-year-old Dave Walden, Secretary of Mullion, who secured the award for ‘Club Administrator’ of the year.

The ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award went to the Trelawney Football League’s Steve Carpenter, who said: “Our satisfaction comes from doing the best job we can for those who are out there doing the things we used to do before various injuries took their toll!”

Elsewhere, Gerrans and St Mawes took home the ‘Charter Standard Club’ award and the ‘Development Club’ award went to St Columb Major. There was also a special award for Long Service presented to Ian Anear, whose role in grassroots football has spanned more than 50 years.

To round off the night, RNAS Culdrose made it three total wins in the ‘Best Community Club’ category, having won the award previously in 2014 and 2016.

Andrew Plenty, who has had a key role at the club over many years, told Falmouth University: “It’s forging those links between the service families and the local families within Helston and the Lizard Peninsula, which is the most important thing for us.The enjoyment part of it and the mass participation is what we’re all about,” he said.

The evening was brilliantly compered by Steve Lawrence who added a bit of charm and wit to the occasion,

Thank you to the Alverton Hotel for all their help in making it a memorable evening, but most importantly thank you to all our volunteers in Cornwall.

Winners and Nominees

Best Inclusive Project  - Presented by Kim Mundy- Chair of Cornwall FA Inclusion Advisory Group

St Agnes AFC Ladies & Girls - Winner

Saltash United Juniors


Zoe Lethbridge of St Agnes Ladies and Girls with Kim Mundy

Coach of The Year - Presented by Chris Morris- Cornwall County Coach Developer

Martin Daughtery (St Day FC) - Winner

Richard Lewis (Liskeard Athletic Youth)

Lynn Pope (Charlestown Youth)


Karleen Daughtery accepting award from Chris Morris on behalf of husband Martin

Charter Standard Club  of the Year - Presented by Zoe Lethbridge- Cornwall FA Council Member

Gerrans & St Mawes United FC - Winner

Illogan RBL

Liskeard Athletic Juniors


Andy Ayre of Gerrans & St Mawes with Zoe Lethbridge

Charter Standard Community Club of the Year

Presented by Mervyn Leggett- Chairman of The FA National Game Board

RNAS Culdrose Football Club - Winner

St Agnes AFC

Andrew Plenty of RNAS Culdrose with Mervyn Leggett

Charter Standard Development Club of the Year  - Presented by Glynn Hooper- Cornwall U18’s Rep Team Manager

St Columb Major FC - Winner

Mike Quest of St Columb Major with Glynn Hooper

Charter Standard League of the Year - Presented by Geoff Lee- Cornwall FA Chairman

Trelawny Football League - Winner

Cornwall FA Chairman Geoff Lee with Gerald Munden, David James and Gerald Sobey

Outstanding Contribution to Community Football - Presented by Andrew Plenty- Cornwall FA Respect Lead Officer

Steve Carpenter (Trelawny Football League) - Winner

Sandra Biggins (Newquay AFC)

Stuart Luckett (Falmouth Town Youth FC)

Steve Carpenter with Respect Lead Officer Andrew Plenty

Young Volunteer of the Year - Presented by Beth Willshaw- Chair of Cornwall FA Youth Council

Charlotte Collier (St Agnes AFC) Winner

Josh Galvin (Bodmin Town Youth)

Matt Annis (RNAS Culdrose)

Beth Willshaw and Charlotte Collier

Administrator of the Year - Presented by David Bray- Vice Chairman of Cornwall FA

Dave Walden (Mullion FC) - Winner

Derek Rowe (Illogan RBL)

Dave Walden of Mullion with David Bray

Outstanding Services to Cornish Football - Presented by Rhod Mitchell- Local Sports Journalist

Peter Thorne (Wendron United FC) - Winner

Rob Cook (Camelford FC)

Jim Hilton (St Mawgan FC)

Peter Thorne with Rhod Mitchell

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