Birmingham County Football Association’s Annual Grassroots Awards took place at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday 15 July.
Jenny Wilkes, BBC WM presenter, compered the evening which saw 11 Awards handed out by a range of special guests to recognise the different roles in grassroots football.
Here is the full list of winners and runners up from Birmingham County FA’s Grassroots Football Awards 2019:
Rising Star of the Year Award Winner: Josie Cottam
Rising Star of the Year Award Runner Up: Stephen Hodge from Bulkington Sports Junior
Grounds Team of the Year Award Winner: Rugby Borough Football Club
Grounds Team of the Year Award Runner Up: Denis Robinson from the SDYFL
Supporter of the Year Award Winner: Clare Edwards from Stourbridge FC
Supporter of the Year Award Runner Up: Owen Griffiths from Sporting FC
Grassroots Project of the Year Award Winner: Sporting Elite
Grassroots Project of the Year Award Runner Up: Liddar Sports
Prestigious Appointment Award: Matt Wilkes, Assistant Referee for the Emirates FA Cup Final 2019
Grassroots Match Official of the Year Award Winner: Chad Roberts
Grassroots Match Official of the Year Runner Up: Alistair Smith
Safeguarding & Welfare Officer of the Year Award Winner: Claire Bullock
Grassroots League of the Year Award Winner: Burton Junior Football League
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Terry Steptoe from Bedworth United FC
Volunteer of the Year Award Runner Up: Jean Bell from Bellford Rovers FC
Grassroots Club of the Year Award Winner: Coventrians FC
Grassroots Club of the Year Award Runner Up: Halas Hawks
Grassroots Coach of the Year Award Winner: Sophie Bourton from Southam United Minor
Grassroots Coach of the Year Award Runner Up: Martin Jones from Bedworth United FC
Kevin Shoemake, CEO at Birmingham County FA, opened the evening before handing over to Doug Wright, who delivered a presentation on his role as Deputy Lieutenant to the Queen.
Each guest presenter took part in a Q&A with Jenny before handing out the Awards, which led to some fantastic and engaging insight into the different roles in football. This included members of Aston Villa Women’s Football Club talking about their impressive FA Cup run, Lisa Rashid reflecting on officiating at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and Wolves legend John Richards reminiscing on his playing days at Molineux.
During the evening a silent auction took place to raise money for the Joel Richards Legacy Fund. Some fantastic prizes were up for grabs, including a signed football from Lionel Messi, resulting in a total of £1,500 being raised for the Fund to support young volunteers, coaches and match officials with their football journey.
Birmingham County FA would like to thank everyone who attended the evening, whilst congratulating the winners and runners up in each category. We would also like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination to help us achieve the most out of all the County Football Associations.
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