Grassroots Awards

Nominations now open for the 2023 Grassroots Awards

Help us to recognise the heroes who help the Cornish game to thrive!

It’s time to make nominations for this year’s England Football Grassroots Awards as we recognise the heroes who help the local Cornish game to thrive.

Week in, week out. Through rain, sun, wind and snow. Cornwall’s volunteers are always there, making sure that both children and adults alike can play the beautiful game and be a part of the community. Now the time has come to recognise those volunteers for the work they put in to keep our game running smoothly. Nominations are now open for the 2023 England Football Grassroots Awards. This is our opportunity to celebrate the people who make grassroots football great for everyone!

This year there are twelve different national awards that you can make nominations for:

  • Coach of the Year - Female Pathway
  • Coach of the Year - Male Pathway
  • Coach of the Year - Disability Pathway
  • Grounds Team of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • League of the Year
  • Match Official of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • New Volunteer of the Year
  • The Lioness Award
  • Positive Football Environment Award
  • The Bobby Moore Award

There will also be two local awards given by Cornwall FA with details TBC. The different awards are explored in greater detail below.

Know somebody within Cornwall who you think is worthy of recognition? Let us know about them! Use the Awards Portal to make your nominations.

When selecting your nominees, think about all the roles in grassroots football. Think about who’s impressed you, who’s really made a difference – and how they made that positive impact happen. The more details you can give us, the better.

We have our own PRIDE values which should help you to make your nomination choices. These values and ways of behaving are what we all strive towards in the game.

Award Criteria

Progressive – Always looking to improve and innovate

Respectful – Leading by example to inspire positive behaviour

Inclusive – Uniting all people of any age, ethnicity and background

Determined – Rising to and overcoming challenges

Excellent – Striving to make football the best it can be

Grassroots Awards 2022
I'm very privileged because I know there are thousands of coaches like me giving up their time. It's very special  to be given an award that recognises that.
- Ashley Blakely-May, 2022 Volunteer of the Year See a complete list of last year's winners


Click on each award to find out more about the type of person who deserves your nomination.

This year, there are three separate Coach of the Year Awards - one for each player pathway.

Consider how this coach has made a real impact. In particular, how have they stood out with:

  • Player engagement? – respecting the voice of the player and how they engage players
  • Relationships? – their ability to develop strong positive relationships with players, parents and other coaches built on respect and trust
  • Culture? – creating a safe, inclusive and positive space for everyone involved
Who transforms poor pitches to good pitches?

Who keeps the facilities match-ready all year round? Who helps keep the whole space safe, week in, week out?

We want to know about the grounds team who excels when it comes to making sure grassroots football happens, and that always has the pitch and facilities ready to go. They might not have a specific title, but these people are the ones who make sure the pitch and the facilities are always safe, welcoming and prepared for the game.
Who has arrived this year to make a positive difference?

Who has started volunteering in football this season and immediately made a positive impact on your football club, league or other organisation? How have they benefited from being a volunteer, and how have they benefited others? 
Your nominee must have accessed relevant CPD to their role and taken on a new voluntary role during 2022/23 season.
We’re looking for someone who has made a real contribution to football in the community. Someone who is a role model and gives the best of themselves to make the game for all. Someone who provides a valued voice for other young people, or a valuable skillset as part of a wider team.

Your nominee must be under 25 years of age on the closing date of the nominations (19/04/2023).
Which League thinks outside the box to make football more accessible for more people?

Our League of the Year should have dedicated volunteers that clearly demonstrate, both on and off the pitch, how they proudly create a safe, fun and inclusive space for everyone.

The judging panel will review applications based on the League being an England Football Accredited League which can demonstrate support of The FA initiatives and its valuable role in the community.

Which club sits at the heart of its community providing an opportunity for all to get involved? Which England Football Accredited club thinks outside the box to make football better for more people?

Your Club of the Year nominee should clearly demonstrate, both on and off the pitch, how they are inclusive and play their part in the local community.

Tell us about the match official who has impressed you on match day or in the Refereeing community. Someone who has shown dedication and commitment to supporting the game and match officials, whilst showing empathy and respect to all involved.

They might be a Referee, a Referee observer, coach, mentor, developer, appointments officer or any other role who goes above and beyond. So long as they promote Refereeing positively at all times by supporting their colleagues and creating a positive matchday culture, we want to hear about them.
Which club, league or project has developed opportunities for women or girls in recreational or competitive football?

Inspired by the Women’s Euros victory and its impact on and off the pitch, we are looking for a project run by volunteers using football as a way of inspiring positive change in the women's and/or girls' game.

Who has provided opportunities for more people in the community to access opportunities to coach, manage, administrate or officiate in the women and girls game? We’re looking for an example of where women and girls football has been the catalyst for community impact on and off the pitch.
Which volunteer creates a fun, safe and inclusive space for everyone?

We’re looking for a volunteer who’s gone the extra mile to create a positive football culture. One that is warm and welcoming, and fun, safe and inclusive for everyone. It could be a volunteer in your club or league, referee or an organiser of social football.
Who is the heart and soul of grassroots football in England?

Somewhere out there is the individual, club, league, project or team of people who typifies the spirit of grassroots football. When you make your nominations, you might also be voting for the eventual winner of the prestigious Bobby Moore Award. They are chosen by our National Judging panel from all the category winners across the country.
Grounds team