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Cheshire grassroots heroes named winners of 2016 County FA Community Awards

Cheshire grassroots heroes named winners of 2016 County FA Community Awards.

Date published: 27 May 2016

Press release


Seven local grassroots champions from across Cheshire have been named as this year's county winners of The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald's.


Since February, people have been nominating their grassroots heroes within the county, from individual volunteers to clubs, and the response has been fantastic.

The seven, who have been recognised for their commitment to grassroots football, were selected as winners by a panel of County FA representatives made up of staff, council members, FA Tutors and three previous winners.

The FA McDonald's Community Awards winners will be recognised at Cheshire FAs 2016 Awards Evening on June 3 at Carden Park, alongside the presentations to the recipients of Cheshire FA Awards, FA Groundsman Awards and FA Long Service Awards.

This year's Cheshire FA winners are:

  • People's Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football) - Brian McGuiness
  • The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award - Egerton FC
  • The FA Charter Standard Development Club Award - Ashville Youth FC
  • The FA Charter Standard Club Award - Marple Athletic JFC
  • The FA Charter Standard League Award - Cheshire Football League
  • The FA Volunteer of the Year Award - Lindsay Carrington (Upton JFC Chester)
  • The FA Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Craig Hitchmough (Frodsham JFC )


Simon Gerrard, Cheshire FA Chief Executive Officer 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 McDonalds allow us to say thank you to those who dedicate so much time to the game across Cheshire. 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 12 years, during which time thousands of clubs have benefitted from this partnership. Working with The FA for the next four years, McDonald's will be giving over 4,500 FA Charter Standard clubs with a junior team, the opportunity to order a brand new strip each season until 2018.

The seven 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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For further information please contact:

Cheshire FA Marketing & Communications Officer, Tom Fairhurst on 01606 871166 or at press@cheshirefa.com

or Cheshire FA Marketing Support Officer, Helen Dobson at Helen.Dobson@cheshirefa.com

Notes to editors:      
About Cheshire FA

Supporting football since 1878.

The Cheshire Football Association is the not-for-profit governing body for all Football in Cheshire, and is responsible for the governance, organisation, education and development of football within Cheshire.

Cheshire FA works in conjunction with the National Football Association and is an enterprising and dynamic SME based in the heart of the County.

We currently have approximately 3500 teams playing various formats of affiliated football with over 60,000 weekly participants. The game is supported by over 1,000 referees and upwards of 10,000 volunteers running the game.

Cheshire FA works towards a strategic framework which looks to inwardly invest into key aspects of the game. Over £24 million pounds has been invested into facilities supporting the local football infrastructure and over £4 million pounds into revenue projects.  

Ciaran’s Cause is a charity partner of Cheshire FA . They work together to raise funds to supply football clubs with defibrillators and free awareness training of Cardiac Arrest.            

For more information, contact press@cheshirefa.com

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