Birmingham County Football Association’s Annual Grassroots Awards took place at the home of West Bromwich Albion on Monday 18 July 2022.
It was the first face-to-face awards evening for three years after the pandemic put a stop to the celebrations in 2020 and we ran a pre-recorded version in 2021.
Jenny Wilkes, former BBC WM presenter and current chair of Wolves Women and president of Wolves Official Supporters Club, compered the evening which saw 10 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 2022:
Rising Star of the Year Award Winner: Rory Budge, Redditch United
Rising Star of the Year Award Runner Up: Tiara Hemans, BCFA Youth Leaders
Presented by Coventry United Women’s player, Olivia Fergusson
Grounds Team of the Year Award Winner: Martin Sutton, Coventry Sphinx
Grounds Team of the Year Award Runner Up: Lee Constable, Southam United
Presented by BCFA’s Facilities & Investment Lead, Joe Robinson
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Christopher Heath, Coton Green Minor
Volunteer of the Year Award Runner Up: Adrian Flynn, Coventry & Warwickshire Youth League
Presented by WBA legend, Ally Robertson
Coach (Adult) of the Year Award Winner: Martyn Brookhouse, Stratford Town Colts
Coach (Adult) of the Year Award Runner Up: David Gregory, Withymoor Colts Ladies
Presented by FA Coach Developer, Dave Stevens
Sustainability in Football Award Winner: Cradley Town DC
Sustainability in Football Award Runner Up: Attleborough Sports JFC
Presented by Spirit of Football, Jenny Amann
Match Official of the Year Award Winner: Andrew Nicol
Match Official of the Year Award Runner Up: Keith Rzepkowski
Presented by Premier League Referee, Stuart Attwell
The Spirit of Grassroots Football Award Winner: Bryan Wattley, Bustleholme FC
The Spirit of Grassroots Football Award Runner Up: Stuart Bavester, Barton Rovers Juniors
Presented by CEO of his franchise McDonalds restaurant company, DL Doug Wright MBE
Coach (Youth) of the Year Award Winner: Richard Horwell, Sutton Coldfield Town Juniors
Coach (Youth) of the Year Award Runner Up: Stuart Harris, Coleshill Town
Presented by FA Foundation Phase Lead, Pete Sturgess
Project of the Year Award Winner: Adam Sweeney, Southam Albion FC
Presented by the Chair of Cyrille Regis Trust, Julia Regis
Club of the Year Award Winner: Coundon Court FC
Club of the Year Award Runner Up: Cradley Town DC
Presented by former Coventry City player and current Head of Community at Sky Blues in the Community, David Busst
Before the evening got underway, Spirit of Football, opened the evening with a short presentation on their One Ball, One World initiative, before handing over to Mike Penn, Chairman at Birmingham County FA, to say a few words on the celebratory evening.
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. At the end of the awards evening, Kevin Shoemake, CEO at Birmingham County FA, closed the ceremony with his own personal thanks to each and every volunteer in the grassroots game.
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, with over 300 in total.
The photos, taken by Brian Dainty Photography, from the evening are available to view here.
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